Stacey Feeley was trying to catch a silly moment of her 3-year-old daughter standing atop one of their home’s toilets. She took a picture, planning to send it to her husband to amuse him. Then the little girl told her mom what she was doing: practicing for a lock-down drill at her preschool, in which students are taught what to do should they ever find themselves stuck in a bathroom during an active shooter situation. Feeley put the picture on Facebook instead, and her heartbreaking post, an open letter to politicians, has since gone viral, Cosmopolitan reports.
“Politicians—take a look,” she 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?” She goes on to beg for action on gun control, including universal background checks, a universal registration database, and a ban on regular citizens owning high-capacity magazines. Read her full plea, which has been shared more than 16,500 times since June 15, here.