West Point accepts Parkland student’s application to military academy after his tragic death

The United States Military Academy at West Point decided to honor JROTC high school student Peter Wang, who was killed in last week’s Parkland school massacre, in a uniquely classy way – by accepting him posthumously into their class of 2025.

According to the Sun Sentinel’s Brittany Wallman, the college will give the fallen student’s family honorarium tokens and an acceptance letter to West Point.

Attending the U.S. military college was a dream of the JROTC student, who wanted to be of “service to our country,” a neighbor told Fox News.

The 15-year-old Wang, a student at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and a member of its JROTC program, was killed attempting to protect other students from shooter Nikolas Cruz. A petition to the White House to bury him with full military honors reads:

Peter Wang, 15, was one of the students killed in Florida this past week. He was a Jrotc Cadet who 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.

As of this writing, the petition had been signed by almost 80,000 people, and would only need 20,000 more to get a White House response. Typically, a JROTC student wouldn’t be considered “in the military” since they wouldn’t have yet been through basic training, and would require special intervention from the government to receive a military funeral, according to Fox News.

West Point called the honor “an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man,” according to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.

Wang, along with Parkland victims Alaina Petty and Margin Duque, also will posthumously receive the US Army’s Medal of Heroism.

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Scott Morefield

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