A graduation stunt that paired dancing North Carolina teens with Michael Jackson's hit "Man in the Mirror" is being praised as "inspirational," after video of the moment became a surprise hit on Facebook.
It happened Saturday at North Brunswick High's graduation ceremony in Brunswick County, and involved the entire senior class.
The video, posted on Facebook by the Brunswick County Schools, has earned nearly 200,000 views, 4,000 shares and more than 300 comments. This includes a few people who noted the song was a hit 10 years before most of the teens were born.
"That is amazing and touching to see so many young people come together as one," wrote Donna Fudurich Brown on Chesterfield, Ohio, on Facebook.
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"This is such a beautiful powerful statement! Take a look at the man in the mirror!" posted J.N. Brewington of Wilmington.
"Got me teary eyed," posted Pam Griest of Elyria, Ohio, on the school district's Facebook page.
"This shows the world that we can all get along if we try," posted Todd Dion of Wilmington, after watching the video. "The world should take a lesson. I promise you there were people that did not want to do this, but yet they did...When it's all said and done we are humans, people with hearts, we all bleed red. Love one another."
In the video, one student stands alone to dance in the middle of the crowd as the first notes of the song are heard. He is joined a minute later by a half dozen other students, who expand the movement with choreographed hand gestures.
The rest of the graduating class joins in halfway through the song, all standing at once for a series of more elaborate moves. (The students perfected the routine with the school's dance teacher, Marissa Dunsmore, according to the school's website.)
When the song ends, all the students quickly sit and family members at the back of the auditorium break into applause and cheers.
The teens dedicated the performance to the school's Principal Paul Price, who "is loved," according to the Facebook post. He sat watching along hundreds of parents and extended family members.
"You might make me cry," Price is heard telling the students at the end of the video.