Lockdown Rhyme a Sad (But Necessary) Reality in Schools


A Facebook post of a lockdown rhyme being taught to preschoolers went viral after a concerned parent posted it on Facebook.

“What are they teaching kids these days?” I’ve heard that plenty of times over the years. The latest reason is a little lockdown rhyme designed to teach children about what to do in a school lockdown.

The furor began when a parent toured her child’s kindergarten and saw the rhyme posted on the wall, augmented by little illustrations. The rhyme is supposed to be put to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star.” It begins with this:

Lockdown, lockdown, Lock the door
Shut the lights off, Say no more

The parent was so shocked by the poster that she took a photo of it and posted it on Twitter, where it then started receiving a lot of reaction and retweets.

“This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener’s classroom,” she tweeted.

She also tweeted that she feels the school is doing exactly what they need to be doing and that she is glad for that.

“My issue is with the political & cultural factors that brought us to this sad state. Please talk to your legislators about the need for gun reform,” she tweeted.

How times have changed.

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other day about the problem of school shootings. Not once, I said, was there ever a gun incident at school, as far as I can recall.

If a gun ever made it to campus, it was effectively kept very quiet. Obviously, there was no mass shooting in my school history.

Far less than experiencing such an incident, we were never in the mindset to think about one. It didn’t occur to us that we’d have to prepare for such a thing. We had fire drills and tornado drills.

We didn’t have lockdown drills.

We didn’t need them.

We shouldn’t need them now. But it’s clear from mass shooting after mass shooting that we now do. But as a nation, it now seems that we aren’t able to properly secure schools to keep guns out. So lockdown drills — and even little songs like the one this parent found — are all too necessary.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.