What, at first, seemed to be an innocent game soon became a sad reflection of the current situation in the United States. Stacey Feeley saw her 3-year-old daughter standing on the toilet in a bathroom in her home and thought it was funny, so she decided to take a picture of the moment and send it to her husband. However, when she learned the reason why the little girl was standing on the toilet, what was supposed to be a funny moment in her daughter’s life, ended up breaking her heart. Feeley discovered that her child was practicing a drill for what to do in the event of an active shooter in the building, ABC News reports.
Stacey Wehrman Feeley of Michigan spoke with reporters from ABC News about the heartbreaking moment.
“I said, ‘What are you doing, why are you standing on the toilet,'” Feeley recalled. When her daughter replied,”‘Lockdown, you have to be really quiet,'” Feeley said, “It just broke me down.”
“It is just heartbreaking when you think that in today’s world that’s what they have to walk through and that is what a normal everyday drill is like now,” Feeley, who is the CEO/founder of children’s products company Silikids, said.
Feeley’s daughter told her that her teachers explained that if there was a shooting in the school, they should stand on the toilet and wait for help. Feeley says it was a tough pill to swallow when her daughter revealed that she was preparing for the possibility of a mass shooting at her elementary school. Saddened by the incident, Feeley published the photo on her Facebook page as a call for politicians to increase gun control measures.
“Politicians – take a look,” Feeley wrote. “This is your child, your children, your grandchildren, your great grand children and future generations to come. 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?”
“No one thinks gun control will be 100% crime control,” she continued. “But maybe, just maybe, it helps 1% or 2% or 50%? Who knows unless we try? Why on earth are there not universal background checks? Where is a universal registration database? Why are high capacity magazines ever permitted to be sold to anyone other than direct to the military? Is that really necessary to protect yourself or hunt for that matter? What about smart guns, where are they? C’mon techies! The 2nd Amendment is a beast to battle and wiping out the right to bear arms is not on the table.”
Feeley said she doesn’t think her toddler understands exactly what she is practicing.
“In the schools they are very good about telling them that this is a drill for if someone that is not supposed to be in the building is in there,” she said. “They do not even bring up guns whatsoever, but the older kids understand.”
As of the time of this report, the post has garnered more than 17,000 likes and more than 19,000 shares. The following text is what some social media users had to say about the post.
“This is heartbreaking, no child should have to worry about such things, what a sad reflection of today’s society,” one user wrote.
“Thank you for showing us how this insanity is already effecting our children from early age on,” another wrote.
Her post came just days after Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured dozens more at an Orlando gay club. The incident was the most deadly mass shooting in American history.
As reported by NBC News, four gun policy measures failed to pass the 60-vote threshold to move forward in the Senate on Monday. Two Republican proposals would have increased funding for the national background check system and created a judicial review process to prevent suspected terrorists from buying a gun; two Democratic measures would have expanded background checks to private gun sales and allowed the Justice Department to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists.
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