This is the poem a kindergarten teacher hung up so her students know what to do in a school shooting
The lyrics are plastered on a white piece of paper in large, colorful markers in Ms. Kim’s class at Arthur D. Healey School in Somerville, Massachusetts.
“I recognize the necessity of it, I know why it’s necessary, but it upsets me and disgusts me that it is necessary,” Healey told CNN. (He’s not related to the person the school is named for.)
Healey’s wife, Georgy Cohen, posted a photo of the poem and tweeted: “This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be kindergartner’s classroom.”
The many steps schools are taking
Somervile Mayor Joseph Curtatone and School Superintendent the poem in Kim Conley’s class is an example of “how one of our educators used a rhyme to help her young students stay calm and remember the key steps they would need to follow during a drill or real emergency.”
“As much as we would prefer that school lockdowns not be a part of the educational experience, unfortunately this is the world we live in,” they said in a statement to CNN. “It is jarring — it’s jarring for students, for educators, and for families.”
The painful feelings it brings up
Go behind the desk and hide
Wait until it’s safe inside
Seeing the lyrics brought up “difficult, negative feelings,” he said.
This is the new normal
A few weeks ago, Cohen said their daughter came home, excited to share a fun game she played with her pre-K class: try to stay quiet for one whole minute, just like during a lockdown.
“This shouldn’t be something that we get used to,” Cohen said. “We need to keep being jarred, upset and shook.”
As Healey and Cohen talked to CNN, their daughter was cheerfully playing with Legos, unaware of how conversations of guns, shootings, lockdowns and fear have become so commonplace.
it’s all done
Now it’s time to have
News credit : Cnn