PARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) - A White House petition posted on Friday is calling for a full honor military burial for a JROTC cadet killed in the Stoneman Douglas High shooting.
Fifteen-year-old Peter Wang was among the 17 killed in Wednesday’s shooting.
The petition states he “was last seen, in uniform, holding doors open and thus allowing other students, teachers, and staff to flee to safety … Wang was killed in the process. His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area. Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial.”
Wang’s dream was to attend West Point Military Academy, but he would not get that chance.
“They’re so sad, so angry about when they told them,” said the victim’s mother through a translator and family friend. “When we hear this, their parents just cry.”
Wang served others until the end.
“It’s really scary being out in the hallway knowing there is someone with a gun trying to kill everyone he can right next to you,” said a student. “He could come up the stairs at any moment.”
Instead of hiding in fear, Wang faced it and put others before himself during the shooting.
His family wants to give the JROTC cadet a hero’s burial. They said they want him to live out his dream, even if it may not be in this life.
In order to receive a response from the White House, 100,000 signatures are needed by March 18. The petition has over 59,000 signatures since it was made last Friday.
For more information on the petition, click here.
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