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A school shooting survivor wowed “America’s Got Talent” judges and the entire studio audience, sparking a standing ovation and cheers after she performed Lauren Daigle’s song “Remember.”
Singer Ava Swiss, 18, of Oxford, Michigan, appeared on the show last week and explained her motivation for choosing the Christian song.
“I chose this song because, back on Nov. 30, my brother and I were a part of the Oxford school shooting,” she said, with chatter and shocked reactions immediately coming from the audience. “We’ve lost four of our students, and seven others were injured.” Swiss added, “It’s been hard.”
But despite her challenges overcoming the shooting, she said “things are getting better” and that she and her brother have been back in school for the past two months. Swiss told the judges that music had been a solace during this challenging time.
“When I sing [Daigle’s song], I remember the good, I remember my community, my family, just the love,” Swiss said. “And I remember that it’s all there for me.”
Simon Cowell, who has often been known for harsh rebukes of some entertainers, told Swiss before the performance she is a “very special person.” And the reactions after the powerful performance were even more glowing.
“Wow,” judge Heidi Klum said. Fellow judge Howie Mandel pointed out Swiss’ perseverance, saying, “In life, it’s tough to show up, especially after going through incredible trauma,” he said. “The fact that you can break through that and shine the way you did today is so inspirational for every human being.”
As for judge Sofía Vergara, she added, “It gave me goosebumps.” The morning of the Oxford shooting was like any other. However, around 12:52 p.m., everything changed after over 100 911 calls were placed. As police swarmed the campus, students and staff began barricading doors and hiding in classrooms.
The sheriff said that law enforcement officers quickly entered the building and had the suspect in custody within three minutes of their arrival. Once the suspect encountered the officers, he put his hands up, and they took a gun from him before placing him in custody.
The four who died were Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Justin Shilling, 17, officials said. Tate died in a patrol car as a deputy rushed him to a hospital, Bouchard said. According to the sheriff’s office, Justin died the morning after the shooting. The shooting suspect, Ethan Crumbley, was charged with multiple offenses, and authorities also charged his parents with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
The Oxford school shooting is another example of violence overtaking the country. With the news of so many shootings, it can be easy to give in to the negativity. However, for Ava Swiss, she used this uplifting song to turn a negative into a positive. Ava Swiss is an inspiration for anyone suffering or going through struggles. Instead of giving in to the negativity, try your best to turn it into something positive. You never know how your story can inspire someone else to get through their issues.