Why this picture is so upsetting

It just looks like an ordinary three-year-old girl playing around. But there’s a chilling secret behind it.

A US mother, Stacey Wehrman Feeley, snapped a photo of her daughter balancing on top of a toilet seat because she thought it seemed cute.

But then she discovered the chilling secret behind it. Her three-year-old daughter, Chandler, was practising how to hide if a gunman were to enter her preschool.

Stacey was shocked and hurt that the gravity of the US gunlaws and recent news events were now having an impact on her innocent and frightened toddler in a place that should be safe.

Stacey took to social media to share her thoughts.

She wrote: “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. She was practising 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.

“Politicians – take a look. 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 then discusses gun control and urges action.

“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!” She also links to a Facebook activist group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

The post has been shared almost 5,500 times and we hope it serves as a clear reminder the damage gun violence has on the world.

You can read the full post here.

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