Kelly Clarkson calls for 'moment of action' over moment of silence after Texas school shooting
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Singer Kelly Clarkson teared up while hosting the Billboard Music Awards on Saturday, ditching the plan to lead a moment of silence and instead calling for a “moment of action” after the recent school shooting in Texas. 

"This is going to be so hard," she began, choking back tears. "There's something I'd like to say about the tragedy Friday at Santa Fe High School."

“They also wanted me to do a moment of silence,” Clarkson went on to say. “And I’m so sick of moment of silences. It’s not working.”

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"Why don't we do a moment of action? Why don't we do a moment of change?" Clarkson asked, drawing applause.  “Why don’t we change what’s happening? Because it’s horrible.”

"Parents should be able to send their children to school, church, movie theaters and clubs safely," she added. “You should be able to live your life without that kind of fear. So we need to do better. People are failing our children. We’re failing our communities. We’re failing their families.”

As a mother of four children, Clarkson said she couldn’t imagine “getting that phone call or that knock on the door.”

Clarkson is a Texas native and said after a year of tragedy in the state, it was hard for her to grieve for “more kids that have died for absolutely no reason at all.”

Ten people were killed and 10 others were wounded during a shooting at a Santa Fe high school near Houston on Friday.

The 17-year-old suspect reportedly planned the attack in his journals and targeted a fellow classmate who had turned down his advances.

Dozens of other celebrities ripped on the National Rifle Association and called on lawmakers to enact gun control measures after the massacre.