Jimmy Fallon Delivers Surprise Commencement Speech At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

A young boy sits a memorial cross that honors victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at Pine Trail Park

Jimmy Fallon Delivers Surprise Commencement Speech At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

The former Florida sheriff's deputy who was ridiculed for not taking on the gunman in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School says he's haunted by the killings and continues to rack his brain over what he could have done differently.

After a somber remembrance of the lives that were lost, Jimmy Fallon took the stage to the surprise of the students, giving a heartfelt and amusing graduation speech.

Peterson said in the interview that the first radio call he got about the shooting reported the sound of fireworks, and it was only after he was close enough to the building that he heard two loud noises that sounded more like gunfire. "Choose to move forward, and don't let anything stop you".

The tour will begin June 15 in Chicago and continue through August, making stops in more than 20 states, including Iowa, Texas, California, South Carolina and CT, as well as every congressional district in Florida, organizers said.

In a video of his address, Fallon joked that the students "won't be classmates any more".

"Thank you for your courage and your bravery", he said. Watch a snippet of the speech below. Since the tragedy, many students at the high school have become activists and outspoken advocates for gun control.

"A question people ask me a lot is, what would you tell your younger self? The whole world has heard your voice, and that was you making a choice".

The Peterson interviews come just days after survivors and others from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas class of 2018 attended a bittersweet graduation ceremony. You are succeeding. You are making us proud. The families of the four seniors killed in the shooting - Nicholas Dworet, Joaquin Oliver, Carmen Schentrup, and Meadow Pollack - accepted their diplomas instead, according to Variety.

On a serious note, Fallon concluded the speech by telling the graduates, "You're not the future, you're the present". Keep changing the world. "I just didn't know".

The task force says schools should evaluate whether student discipline measures are being enforced consistently and re-examine a diversion program created to keep students out of the school-to-prison pipeline.

When one of his neighbors tries to reassure him that "it's not all on you", Peterson responds by pointing out that the public's view of him is different.

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