Mum of 5-year-old spooked by 'lockdown song' in US kindergarten

Mum of 5-year-old spooked by 'lockdown song' in US kindergarten
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"Lockdown, lockdown, lock the door. Shut the lights off, say no more."

Sung to the tune of popular nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, the lyrics on a poster put up in a Massachusetts classroom will give any parent the chills.

"This should not be hanging in my soon-to-be-kindergartener's classroom," Georgy Cohen wrote on Twitter on Wednesday (June 6).

She was touring the school her five-year-old daughter would be attending this fall when she spotted the ominous sign.

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At her pre-kindergartener programme, the girl was practising active shooter drills and was "excited about it as a game to see if you can stay quiet for one whole minute," Cohen tweeted.

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With a spate of school shootings this year, teachers, students and parents alike have expressed fear and worry over safety issues in the institutions.

Many of them lobbied for gun reform after 17 students in Parkland high school were killed by an ex-student with an assault rifle this February.

A measure recently introduced to protect school children in the event of a shooting include bulletproof shields.

Meanwhile, president Donald Trump showed support for arming "adept" teachers to prevent or shorten school shootings.

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17 killed in Valentine's Day shooting spree at Florida high school

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    The gunman surrendered to police without a struggle, Israel said. Investigators believe he was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and had multiple magazines of ammunition, according to the sheriff.

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    A man placed in handcuffs is led by police near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following a shooting incident in Parkland, Florida, U.S. February 14, 2018

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    Twelve of the dead were killed inside the school, two others just outside, one more on the street and two other victims died of their injuries at a hospital.

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    A 19-year-old gunman returned to a Florida high school where he had once been expelled for disciplinary reasons and opened fire with an assault-style rifle on Wednesday, killing 17 people before he was arrested by police, authorities said.

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    The victims comprised a mixture of students and adults.

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    The gunman was identified as Nikolaus Cruz, who previously attended the school and was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons

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    Live television footage showed students streaming out of the building as dozens of police and emergency services personnel swarmed the area.

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    The Valentine's Day bloodshed in the Miami suburb of gated communities with palm- and shrub-lined streets was the latest outbreak of gun violence that has become a regular occurrence at schools and college campuses across the United States over the past several years.

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    McKenzie Hartley, 19, who identified herself as the sister of a student at the school described the scene in a text message to Reuters: "She heard him shooting through the windows of classrooms and two students were shot."

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    Staff and students told local media that a fire alarm went off around the time the shooting started, sparking chaos as some 3,300 students at the school first headed into hallways before teachers herded them back into classrooms, to seek shelter in closets.

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    CBS News posted a brief clip of cell phone video footage the network said was taken from inside a classroom, showing what appeared to be several students. A rapid series of loud gunshots are heard amid hysterical screaming and someone yelling, “Oh my God.”

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