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Mum shares hilarious 'tuck and roll' school drop-off tactic: 'This is not a drill'

By Merryn Porter |

Anyone who has been in a line of traffic waiting to drop their child off at school knows the unique frustration that comes with the task.

We have all seen the parents who slowly exit their vehicle, walk to the boot to get a back-pack, open the car door, help their child from the car, kiss them goodbye, pause to tie a shoelace or wave goodbye, then saunter back to the car as we silently scream at them to hurry up!

Now a mum in the US has heralded the start of that country's new school year by sharing a TikTok video showing parents how to get it done, and it is winning plenty of fans, including some celebrities!

Watch the video above.

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Lateasha Witherspoon took to her TikTok account this week to share a video showing the correct way to use a school drop-off zone. (TikTok)

Lateasha Witherspoon took to her TikTok account to share the almost minute-long video. And while some of it is tongue in cheek, she certainly has a point.

The video begins with the words "This is not a drill" written across the screen before a clearly frustrated Witherspoon starts narrating.

As she sits in her car waiting her turn to pull in and drop off her two sons, a mother in the car ahead can be seen standing beside her vehicle.

"I'm tired. It's been the third week of school where people still don't understand how the pick-up/drop off line goes, so I'm going to help you all out," Witherspoon begins.

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The video starts with a mum holding up the school drop-off line by getting out of the car. (TikTok)

The camera pans to show her two sons, one in the front and one in the back, waiting to exit the vehicle.

"Alright, first thing first. Put your kids on the passenger side of the car. If you've got multiple of them, teach them how to 1-2 step on out, slide, shuffle, whatever you got to do. Get them out of the car," she says.

"Two. Teach them how to hold the latch. We gonna be holding this latch and when we get about three, four cars out from our turn, they know what to do.

"Third, stay with me, they should have their backpacks on, in the car. It's OK, it's working on their posture, let them sit up. They need to be ready to go," she says, snapping her fingers.

"Four, ya'll have got to stop getting out of the car, opening the doors for them. Let them open their own damn door. They take too much time.

And he's off. (TikTok)

"And five, most important, we are yielding, it's not a stop, it's a yield. We are only going five miles an hour. We are gonna reduce that thing down to about three, but we are not going to take it down to zero. We are going to teach them how to tuck and roll."

Witherspoon uploaded the video with the comment, "This is how you do it!!!" and the hashtags #schooldropoffsbelike #schooldropoffline #tuckandroll.

The video has quickly gone viral, racking up 2.8 million views in just five days as well as more than 363,000 likes and 15,000 comments.

Among the fans was Bad Moms actress Kristen Bell, who reportedly shared it to her Instagram stories this week.

Commenters were quick to have their say. "Literally me everyday! I tell mine, get ready... Get out," said one.

"100 per cent it's the ones who hold their hand and try to walk them in. They need to park, not be in the drop-off line. Got me screaming in the car," said another.

"I take pics of the parents getting out and post it in the neighbourhood app saying 'Don't do this'. They hate me," wrote another.

Witherspoon's two sons recently started first and third grade. (Instagram)

"As a former teacher and administrator that had car duty, thank you for this," said another.

"People who mad about this video need to use the parking lot drop off! If you want to be extra and hold up the line, walk your kid in!" wrote another.

"And if you're one of 'those' mums that need to do the extras (I am one of them) just park and walk lol," was another comment.

But not everyone was a fan.

"Imma take my time to say bye to my kid if my kid needs an extra few seconds. If you [are in a] rush, get there sooner," wrote one.

Lateasha Witherspoon has shared her frustration over school drop-off. (Instagram)

Witherspoon told TODAY Parents she made the video after a frustrating morning dropping her children to school.

"We've been to three different schools and it's the same thing no matter where you go," she said. "No matter what time you get there, it's always slow. I get anxiety every morning. We've got to get to our jobs, we have places to be."

She said she had received a call from the school principal after posting the video and thought at first he was in trouble.

"He was like, 'I gotta thank you'," she said. "He wants to post it on the school [Facebook] page!"

at the school that Jason and Jeremiah attend. At first, Witherspoon thought she was in trouble. But it was just the opposite.

"He was like, 'I gotta thank you,'" she said. "He wants to post it on the school [Facebook] page!"

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