Demi Lovato started her Tell Me You Love Me Tour in San Diego on Monday night, Feb. 26. Her tour opening was emotional, as she brought the Florida high school shooting survivors on stage.
Midway through the show, Demi introduced the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students on stage. She said:
“On February 14, one of the worst mass shootings in American history took place. These students were in school that day. Please welcome them to the stage.”
She sang a piano rendition of “Warrior,” reports MTV. See the video below.
Demi encouraged donations to the CAST Foundation, which is going on tour with her. The organization is providing mental health services to those attending Demi’s shows. The money raised from Monday’s concert will go towards the Stoneman Douglas students.
Demi explained in an interview why she decided to bring the students on stage:
“It has nothing to do with politics. It’s about healing. It was how can we help these students heal from what they’ve been through? These students that came here today and shared their stories are so incredibly brave and courageous and they really are warriors in my eyes.”