Josh Gad is highlighting the light in the darkness.
The Beauty and the Beast actor sent love to his family friend Max Schachter after the grieving father read a poem by his son Alex, who was killed in the Parkland school shooting last week.
Max appeared on CNN‘s televised town hall on Wednesday night to read the 14-year-old’s free-verse poem he penned just two weeks before his death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Watching the spectacle on TV, Gad was gutted over seeing his bereaved friend reading the deceased teen’s powerful words — which, ironically, were about the unpredictability of life.
He shared on Twitter:
Watching our family friend #maxschachter read his son Alex├óΓé¼Γäós poem tonight is almost too much for me to bear. Max, we are all with you. We love you. Your strength is incredible. Your son├óΓé¼Γäós poetry is light in this darkness. #alexschachter
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 22, 2018
Read Alex’s full poem and watch a clip of the town hall to hear Max perform it (below).
“Life is like a roller coaster/it has some ups and down/sometimes you can take it slow or very fast/ it may be hard to breathe at times/but you have to push yourself and keep going.
Your bar is your safety/it’s like your family and friends/You hold on tight and you don’t let go/But sometimes you might throw your hands up/Because your friends and family will always be with you.
Just like that bar keeping you safe at all times/ it may be too much for you at times/the twists, the turns, the upside downs/But you get back up/you keep chugging along/ eventually it comes to a stop/you won’t know when or how/but you will know that’ll be the time to get off and start anew/Life is like a roller coaster.”
Max Schachter, father of Florida high school shooting victim Alex Schachter, shares a poem that his son wrote https://t.co/RtJCSmd1sR #StudentsStandUp pic.twitter.com/XmxVpBt3Ek
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) February 22, 2018
Wow. Just tragic.
Keep standing up, Parkland — we’re here to support you.