Moggy’s Coming uses the story of a cat’s attack on a school of mice to educate youngsters on the broader UK police message of “run, hide, tell” in the event of a terrorist attack.
According to The Times, 500 teachers in Birmingham have been trained to use materials for schoolchildren produced by the group, including the new book. The book tells the tale of a school of mice preparing in case of a cat attack, with teachers telling pupils to run, or if that is not possible hide, tell the police and treat injured classmates.
It then shows them putting their preparation into practice when a cat turns up. It includes words that can be sung to the tune of the nursery rhyme London’s Burning: “Moggy’s coming, Moggy’s coming, we’re in danger, we’re in danger, run, hide and tell! Treat the hurt mice, treat the hurt mice!”. It also features a poem, which includes the lines: “When it’s safe then treat the hurt/with a scarf or sock or shirt/you can pack a wound and press/to stop the bleeding for success!”.
Separate materials for slightly older children show a lion escaping from the circus and getting into a school where it scratches some pupils in the playground. Teachers are encouraged to discuss with their classes how it makes them feel, as well as the practical measures they might take in such a situation. From Birmingham, the message is expected to be taken UK- wide.
Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton, head of the National Ballistics Intelligence Service said: “The Citizenaid message is a critical one and has the full support of the National Firearms Independent Advisory Group.