Photo of preschooler practicing for lockdown drill goes viral

Stacey Feeley thought her 3-year-old daughter was innocently playing a game as she snapped a photo of her toddler, who she describes as "mischievous," standing on their toilet seat.

When Feeley found out her child was practicing a drill for what to do in the event of an active shooter in the building, she said it broke her heart.

"I said, 'What are you doing, why are you standing on the toilet,'" Feeley told ABC News. 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 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 a mother, Feeley said she felt the need to vent. She posted the picture on Facebook and expressed her outrage in a post that has since garnered more than 7,000 likes and more than 11,000 shares.

"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," Feeley wrote in the post, which she put up just days after the mass shooting in Orlando when 49 people were killed and a few years after 26 people were killed at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school.

In the post, Feeley said all the innocence she thought her 3-year-old possessed was gone.

Feeley told ABC News she had no idea the impact that her post would have on so many people, but is glad. "I hope it wakes people up."

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