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.
West Point will provide the family of Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting victim Peter Wang a letter of acceptance to West Point Class of 2025, which was his dream, and honorarium tokens. His funeral is today. pic.twitter.com/kOb9P5mjdd
— Brittany Wallman (@BrittanyWallman) February 20, 2018
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.
West Point is posthumously admitting Florida school shooting victim Peter Wang, who was a 15-year-old JROTC cadet, calling it "an appropriate way for USMA to honor this brave young man."
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 20, 2018
One of USMA's priorities is to develop leaders of character who are committed to the values of Duty, Honor & Country. Peter Wang's actions on February 14 are an example of those principles & the academy honors his dream of being a West Point cadet with a 2025 letter of acceptance pic.twitter.com/fycvJBhte8
— U.S. Military Academy at West Point (@WestPoint_USMA) February 20, 2018
Wang, along with Parkland victims Alaina Petty and Margin Duque, also will posthumously receive the US Army’s Medal of Heroism.
Just in: The US Army is awarding the Medal of Heroism to three of the Parkland victims, JROTC members "who gave their lives during the shooting" – Alaina Petty, Peter Wang, and Martin Duque, spokesman says.
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) February 20, 2018
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