Traverse City mom’s lockdown pic of daughter goes viral

Detroit News staff and wire reports

Traverse City — A Traverse City woman has called for gun control after her photo of her 3-year-old daughter standing on a toilet in a lockdown drill has gone viral.

Stacey Wehrman Feeley first thought it was a cute photo, according to her Facebook post. But she said she broke down when her daughter told her she was practicing for a lockdown drill at her preschool and “what you should do if you are stuck in a bathroom.”

The photo was posted after a gunman killed 49 people and injured dozens of others at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

“Politicians - take a look. This is your child, your children, your grandchildren, your great grand children and future generations to come,” Feeley wrote in her June 15 post. “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’s Facebook post referenced a registration database for gun owners, a ban on high capacity magazines for civilians and mental health.

“Banning together, signing petitions, rallying to get your voice heard is good, but is it actually doing anything or just making us feel better about the current situation?” she wrote. “We need action. .... I want to know what new smart technology is being built for safer guns, advanced security in public places, databases, traveling care for the mentally ill…anything! Entrepreneurs, innovators, are you there? Can I help? Can I help you make a difference? I want to offer support ... ”

Feeley, who couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday night, also cautioned that she was “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!”

The post has been shared nearly 35,000 times and has more than 27,000 likes.

It has also sparked coverage from media outlets such as CNN and ABC News.