This Sweet Pre-Schooler's 'Game' Is a Chilling Wake-Up Call to Us All

lockdown girlThere are lots of things that 3-year-old children should be learning at school: the alphabet, how to count, all about the color green. One thing no 3-year-old should have to learn at school, however, is what to do in the event of a potential mass shooting at her preschool. So, when one mom saw her 3-year-old daughter reenacting a lockdown after school one day, she was understandably horrified.


When Stacey Wehrman Feeley saw her preschooler standing on the toilet, she snapped a pic because she thought it was "funny." As she wrote in a Facebook post that's now going viral:

I was going to send it to my husband to show what our mischievous little three-year-old was up to. However, the moment she told me what she was doing I broke down. She was practicing for a lockdown drill at her preschool and what you should do if you are stuck in a bathroom. At that moment all innocence of what I thought my three-year-old possessed was gone.

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The image is indeed jarring. At first, you think you're looking at a picture of an adorable little girl up to some typical toddler bathroom hijinks -- but the reality is so much darker, and so much sadder, as Feeley articulates perfectly in her post:

Well said! These children, these completely blameless babies, will be forced to live in a world shaped by the actions -- and lack thereof -- of those in power today, and with everything that's been going on lately, that future isn't looking too bright at the moment. 

The fact that we're now living in a reality where 3-year-olds need to be concerned with how to best hide themselves from an armed assailant is beyond comprehension. How did it come to this? And, more importantly, what can we do to change it? 

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That last question is what really stood out to me about this mom's letter. Repeatedly, she asked what she could do to help. What she, as one person, could do to help make the changes that so desperately need to be made so our kids can grow up safely. And that's something we all need to be considering: What can we do to help? Right now?

Another thing I loved about this letter: the author's humility. Her willingness to admit she might not know what to do about this problem, but she'll do whatever it takes. As a mother of three, I related to the following passage all too well:

"I am not pretending to have all the answers or even a shred of them, but unless you want your children standing on top of a toilet, we need to do something!"

Yes. But what?



Image via Stacey Wehrman Feeley/Facebook

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