The nursery rhyme that Kindergarten kids in America are learning will have you gasping in terror.

Mum reveals her shock after discovering a nursery rhyme taught to pupils at her five-year-old daughter’s future kindergarten.

Georgy Cohen, from Somerville in Massachusetts, took to Twitter on Wednesday to share an image of the five-lined recital that prepped young pupils for potential shootings.

“Lockdown, lockdown, Lock the door,” the rhyme reads.

“Shut the lights off, Say no more. Go behind the desk and hide, Wait until it’s safe inside.”

Ms Cohen captioned the picture saying: “This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener’s classroom.”

Ms Cohen told The Boston Globe on Thursday the poster hit home when she saw it taped to the classroom blackboard.

“When I was in kindergarten, we had fire drills. It was different — we didn’t have these same types of threats,” she said.

“These are the things they unfortunately have to do. I get it… part of their job is to educate and keep my kids safe and I feel confident they are going to do both of those things to the best of their ability.”

A statement from Somerville Public Schools told the Huffpost the rhyme’s introduction was in fitting with today’s society.

“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,” the joint statement from Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Superintendent of Schools Mary Skipper read.

“It is jarring – it’s jarring for students, for educators, and for families.

“Students in Somerville and across the country know how unnatural this is,” it continued.

“Yet we all know that one of the most important roles we have as educators and community leaders is to ensure that all of our students and staff members are safe and prepared in case of an emergency.”

Her post was quickly inundated with comments from users taken aback by the harsh reality of the changing face of the US education system.

Share your comments below.

  • School has certainly become a scarey place to be in America. I hope they work something out soon to reduce the shootings


  • Thank heavens we are living in Australia – but how long will our good luck last?


  • Similar nursery ryhmes were taught in war time and this nursery ryhme has the same feel and pattern as those ones. Sadly they do have a war on guns over there and children do need to be prepared for this situation. It does startle parents but the teachers seem to want the children prepared for this situation.


  • Heartbreaking, but at least this school is not in denial and prepares the kids what to do in disasters like this (which happens way to often in the States).

    • I agree – children do need to be prepared however sad this seems to adults.


  • America really need to wake up and adjust their gun laws, it’s so sad tgethe thus is becoming normal for little ones.


  • It is sickening how normal this has become. When will they wake up and fix the problem?


  • Really terrible that school have to think about this! What a terrible world. :-(


  • Hell… That is horrible but a lot of the nursery rhymes aren’t that nice anyways.
    * 3 blind mice – cut of tails with carving knives.
    * Ring a ring a rosie, pocket full of posie a tissue a tissue we all fall down


  • Heartbreaking but good work on the school for doing what they can.


  • It’s sad that it’s come to this. They really need to look at doing something about the guns


  • I am in two minds about this …yes I understand where this school is coming from they are trying to protect their students and staff in the case of a shooting but it is such a shame our world has come to this.


  • Its about time the Americans done something about all these school shooting’s it seems too happen every week and its so sad . how do kids get there hands on these guns and all of the ammo they seem to take plenty of ammo with them GUNS should be band unless you have a job that needs you to have one for work like a police man or woman . The cowboy day are well and truly over Australia done the best thing with the buy back scheme why does’nt America try the same thing


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