Demi Lovato Brings 6 Parkland Shooting Survivors Onstage at Concert
Julius Castillo, Mackenzie Marie Chapman, Samantha Megan Deitsch, Maia Hebron, Eden Hebron and Sarah Stricker appeared onstage during the singer's first stop on her Tell Me Love Me world tour.
After teaming with CAST on Tour in an effort to bring attention to mental health issues, Demi Lovato kicked off her Tell Me You Love Me world tour on Monday night at Viejas Arena in San Diego and made it a special night for a few kids. In partnership with CAST, the 25-year-old singer brought some of the students who endured and survived the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, out onstage.
During the concert, Lovato brought students Julius Castillo, Mackenzie Marie Chapman, Samantha Megan Deitsch, Maia Hebron, Eden Hebron and Sarah Stricker onstage and praised their strength and courage, expressing admiration for how they've come together as a community amid the tragic events.
“Bringing CAST on Tour was very important to me because I want to be able to reach and inspire my fans. Tonight was our first night of the tour and it was incredibly special,” Lovato said in a press release. “I was able to bring out and meet a few of the students that had to experience the shooting in Florida on the 14th. It was such an honor to meet them and hear their courageous stories."
Fans were also able to text donations to the CAST foundation during the show, with the money being used for mental health resources for students.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.