Parkland School Shooting Survivors Performed “Seasons Of Love” At The Tonys And Everyone Sobbed

Stoneman Douglas students who survived the Parkland, Florida shooting last February took the stage at the Tony Awards this weekend for a performance of “Seasons of Love” from the musical, Rent.

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The school’s drama teacher, Melody Herzfeld, accepted the Tony Award for excellence in theater education.

The New York Times

Herzfeld shielded students during the February 14 shooting that killed 17 people.

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“All the goodness and tragedy that has brought me to this point will never be erased,” Herzfeld said in her acceptance speech. “We all have a common energy. We all want the same thing. To be heard. To tell our truth. To make a difference. And to be respected. We teach this every day in every arts class.”

The award includes a $10,000 prize for the school’s theater program.

After Herzfeld’s speech, students from Stoneman Douglas’ drama club took the stage to perform “Seasons of Love.”

Everyone was moved…

And everyone was sobbing.

People thought it was inspiring…

And that the song choice was a powerful one.

People called it “the perfect song for the moment.”