Cohen told The Boston Globe on Thursday that she saw the “jarring” poster while touring a kindergarten in Somerville on Wednesday for her 5-year-old daughter.
“When I was in kindergarten, we had fire drills. It was different — we didn’t have these same types of threats,” she told the publication, adding that she was happy to see that the teachers at the school were taking precautions and preparing their students for an emergency situation.
Tragedies at schools throughout history
Tragedies at schools throughout history
Columbine high school students run from the school after gunmen opened fire on terrified students, killing up to 25 people before taking their own lives April 20, police said. Jeff Stone, sheriff of Jefferson County, said the gunmen, students at the school, were found dead in the library on what he called a "suicide mission. GCC/RC
PARKLAND, FL - FEBRUARY 14: People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that reportedly killed and injured multiple people on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Numerous law enforcement officials continue to investigate the scene.
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School Number One, where the Beslan school hostage crisis and massacre took place on September 1, 2004, when a group of armed terrorists took around 1100 people hostage, including 777 children, demanding an end to the Second Chechen War. On the third day of the standoff, Russian security forces stormed the school. 334 hostages were killed, including 186 children, with hundreds wounded or missing.
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Twenty-seven wooden angel figures are seen placed in a wooded area beside a road near the Sandy Hook Elementary School for the victims of a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut December 16, 2012. Twelve girls, eight boys and six adult women were killed in the shooting on Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
On May 21, 1927, after killing his wife, farmer Andrew Kehoe set fire to his own farm. He then destroyed the Bath Consolidated School, killing dozens of people, and then detonated his own dynamite and shrapnel filled car in front of the school, killing himself and several others. In all, 45 people died, most of them children.
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Virginia Tech students hold candles during a memorial service and candlelight vigil for fallen Virginia Tech police officer Deriek W. Crouse on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia December 9, 2011. A man who fatally shot the Virginia Tech police officer on Thursday apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Virginia State police said on Friday. The incident prompted a lockdown of the campus on Thursday and revived memories of a gunman's 2007 rampage that left 33 people dead in one of the worst shooting incidents in U.S. history. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST EDUCATION CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Students are reunited with families at a staging ground set up at the Roswell Mall following an early morning shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, January 14, 2014. A shooter opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding at least two teenage students before being taken into custody, police and hospital officials said.
(REUTERS/Mark Wilson/Roswell Daily Record)
Policeman stands guard outside a school where a shooting incident took place in Winnenden March 11, 2009. A 17-year old gunman went on a shooting spree at his former secondary school, the Albertville-Realschule in Winnenden in southwest Germany on Wednesday, killing up to 15 people before dying himself in a shootout with police at the car dealer, authorities said.
A woman cowers in fear behind a statue while a man lies wounded a few feet away, victim of sniper Charles Whitman. Whitman killed a dozen people firing a rifle from the observation deck of the University of Texas Tower in Austin.
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Friends of the late Rebecka Ann Carnes, an Umpqua Community College mass shootings victim, embrace one another in prayer before the start of a memorial service at Riverbend Park to remember the victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in nearby Roseburg on October 3, 2015 in Winston, Oregon. On Thursday 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer went on a shooting rampage at the college killing nine people and wounding another nine before killing himself.
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Red Lake Senior High School in Red Lake, Minnesota, is shown March 22, 2005. A high school student at Red Lake Senior High School allegedly killed nine people March 21 before turning the gun on himself on the northern Minnesota Indian reservation.
Police officers walk on Edgewater Drive after a shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, California April 2, 2012. A gunman killed at least three people and wounded others at the private Christian college in Oakland, California, on Monday, and a suspect has been taken into custody, authorities said.
A man places a rose after lighting candles in front of portraits of the victims of the Taliban attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, during a candlelight vigil in Lahore December 19, 2014. At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into the school and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.
People hold candles alongside wooden crosses during a vigil for the victims of an attack claimed by Al Shabaab insurgents on April 7, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. 148 people were killed by the militants during the attack on the Garissa University College on April 02, 2015.
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Columbine high school shooters Eric Harris (L) and Dylan Klebold appear in this video capture of a surveillance tape released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in the cafeteria at Columbine High School April 20, 1999 in Littleton, CO during their shooting spree which killed 13 people.
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A police officer stands guard at Dunblane primary school, Scotland, shortly after the shooting incident on the premises. The Dunblane school massacre was one of the deadliest mass murders in UK history, when gunman Thomas Hamilton killed sixteen children and one teacher at Dunblane primary school near Stirling, Scotland on 13 March 1996, before killing himself. As a result of the killings, two new Firearms Acts were passed, which effectively made private ownership of handguns illegal in Great Britain.
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Erfurt, GERMANY: FILES - A picture taken 02 May 2002 shows flowers laid down in commemoration for the victims of an amok run in front of the Gutenberg High School in the eastern city of Erfurt. The principal of the school where a former pupil shot 16 people dead and then himself in September 2002 said the US campus massacre had ripped open painful wounds. 'When we see these pictures from Virginia the memories come flooding back,' Christiane Alt, principal of Gutenberg High School, told the mass-selling daily Bild. 'We understand what the people there are going through. It pains us to see that hardly anything is learned from such horrible events.'
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Women gather in Nathan Phillips Square to remember the Dec. 6; 1989; slaying of 14 women at University of Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique.
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A combination picture of images taken from a security camera video distributed by the Rio police shows students running from the classroom where gunman Wellington Menezes de Oliveira, 24, opened fire and then Menezes de Oliveira (bottom R) leaving the same classroom inside the Tasso da Silveira school with a gun in his hand, in the Realengo neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro April 7, 2011. The gunman killed 11 students in a shooting spree at the school before killing himself, police said.
A man and a boy, relatives of a student killed on Monday, wait near a kindergarten in Shiguan village in the city of Gongyi, central China's Henan province May 8, 2006. Bai Ningyang, a 19-year-old native set fire on Monday to a classroom of a local kindergarten, killing 3 students and wounding another 13 students and a teacher, police said.
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“These are the things they unfortunately have to do. I get it,” she told the Globe. “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.”
The response to Cohen’s tweet has been overwhelming, with over 17,000 retweets as of Thursday afternoon. Many users shared their thoughts and feelings about the poem:
Omg this is sad that our kids have to learn a song like this as part of their survival strategy
Somerville Public Schools did not reveal to HuffPost which school had the poster, but a statement to HuffPost from Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Superintendent of Schools Mary Skipper calls the poem a result of “the world we live in.”
“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 reads.
“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 ... This poem 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.”