Kelly Clarkson Ditches Moment of Silence to Make Tearful Call For Action on School Shootings at Billboard Awards
Our hearts go out to all the victims in the Santa Fe community and their families. ❤ pic.twitter.com/7ejLAd8nKk
— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) May 21, 2018
Kelly Clarkson delivered an emotional plea at the Billboard Awards on Sunday night, abandoning a planned moment of silence to make an tearful call for action in response to the shooting at a Texas high school last week.
“This is going to be so hard,” the singer said. “There’s something I’d like to say about the tragedy Friday at Santa Fe High School.”
“I’m a Texas girl, and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year, and once again we’re grieving for more kids that have died for absolutely not reason at all,” Clarkson continued, holding back tears.
“They also wanted me to do a moment of silence,” she said. “And I’m so sick of moment of silences. It’s not working.”
“So why don’t we not do a moment of silence, why don’t we do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change? Why don’t we change what’s happening? Because it’s horrible,” Clarkson concluded. “So we need to do better. People are failing our children. We’re failing our communities. We’re failing their families.”
A 17-year-old gunman opened fire on students of Santa Fe High School on Friday, killing ten and wounding a dozen more. The shooter was later arrested and charged with capital murder.
Watch above, via Billboard.
[image via screengrab]
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org