Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher Melody Herzfeld honored at Tony Awards

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jun 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-11 11:40:47-04

NEW YORK (AP) — A drama teacher recalled all the lessons she learned in the arts as she barricaded students in a closet during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Melody Herzfeld was presented with the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award during the Tony Awards on Sunday.

She described how drama teachers create a circle of trust and during the shooting those lessons would be called upon "to set into action, letting the stronger be our collective voice and supporting the rest that needed time."

She stressed the need for embracing all sides and for honesty.

Herzfeld saved 65 lives on Valentine's Day when police say a former student went on a rampage, killing 17 people.

Her students appeared on the Tony stage to serenade her with "Seasons of Love" from "Rent."