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INDUSTRY FOCUS With Ralph C. Jensen, Editor-in-Chief
TIhe New World We Live In
’m old enough to remember fire alarm The poster caught the attention of Geor- drills and hiding under my desk as a gy Cohen and her husband, Rick Healey, youth. The fire alarm drills were great who were at the school in preparation of because we were able to leave the class- sending their 5-year-old daughter to kinder- room and go outside. I never under- garten in the fall. Healey said he was “sad-
stood hiding under the desk, but went along dened” to see the poster, but recognized why
with it anyway. That’s the world I grew up in. Today’s world has changed. Significantly. To the youthful tune of, “Twinkle, Twin-
kle Little Star,” students are now being edu- cated about what to do in the event of an active shooter on campus. It goes something like this:
“Lockdown, Lockdown, Lock the door Shut the lights off, Say no more
Go behind the desk and hide
Wait until it’s safe inside
Lockdown, Lockdown it’s all done
Now it’s time to have some fun!”
This little jingle caught me completely off guard but is being rehearsed throughout numerous schools. In Somerville, Mass., a school has this new rendition posted on the wall and parents were as surprised as I was.
As a newly minted, rebranded paren- tal figure, this really shocked me, though it seems to be the new world that we live in. That’s not to say that a simple nursery rhyme will save the day, but whatever it takes to give the children the opportunity to stay safe.
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the approach may be necessary in an era of school shootings.
In a joint statement to The Washington Post, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper said the poem was an example of a teacher’s strategy to “help her young stu- dents 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,” the statement said.
Forget that old saying of, “not in my school.” The reality is that an active shoot- er will happen again. It is not if, but when. Schools are scrambling to do whatever they can to prepare and protect students and staff, whether it be a bulletproof backpack or a nursery rhyme that teaches proper pro- cedures during an active shooter event.
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