Heartbreaking Image of Girl Standing on Toilet Goes Viral

What she's doing there is devastating
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2016 5:03 PM CDT
Updated Jun 22, 2016 6:10 AM CDT
Heartbreaking Image of Girl Standing on Toilet Goes Viral
See the full image on Stacey Feeley's Facebook page.   (Stacey Feeley)

Stacey Feeley thought she'd caught a silly moment recently when she found 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 lockdown 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 post, an open letter to politicians, has since gone viral, reports ABC News. Labeled "heartbreaking" by Cosmopolitan and "chilling" by Bustle, it had nearly 30,000 shares as of Wednesday morning.

"Politicians—take a look," wrote Feeley. "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." She goes on to plead for action on gun control, including universal background checks, a universal registration database, and a ban on regular citizens owning high-capacity weapons. The post came a few days before the Senate rejected four gun-control measures, notes CNN. (Check out a primer on semiautomatic weapons.)

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