The Short of It
A Michigan mom's photo of her 3-year-old daughter practicing a lockdown drill goes viral.
A seemingly innocuous photo of Stacey Wehrman Feeley's daughter standing on the toilet in the bathroom has garnered 35,000 reactions, over 32,000 shares, and more than 4,000 comments on Facebook. Why? Because heartbreakingly, the little girl isn't just fooling around, she is practicing a lockdown drill.
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"I took this picture because initially I thought it was funny. 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," Feeley wrote in the post. "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 innocense [sic] of what I thought my three-year-old possessed was gone."
The desperate mom then urges politicians to take a look. "This is your child, your children, your grandchildren, your great grand children [sic] and future generations to come," she writes. "They will live their lives and grow up in this world based on your decisions. They are barely 3 and they will hide in bathroom stalls standing on top of toilet seats. I do not know what will be harder for them? Trying to remain quiet for an extended amount of time or trying to keep their balance without letting a foot slip below the stall door?"
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The mother continues her post: "No one thinks gun control will be 100% crime control. But maybe, just maybe, it helps 1% or 2% or 50%? Who knows unless we try?" You can read her full post here, where she details her views on the current state of gun laws and access in this country.
"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!" Feeley ends her post. "Please share."
I can very much relate to Feeley's reaction upon seeing her daughter practicing this drill. When my preschooler came home and told me her class had practiced similar exercises that day, I started crying. Why should my little girl have to worry about a school shooter? She should be focused on learning her primary colors and counting to 20. Truly, I didn't know whether to feel sad, angry, or hopeless, so I settled for a mix of all of those.
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So, I'm glad this mom is speaking out about how the threat of violence is affecting our youngest citizens. What is your reaction to her post?