Brother of Parkland victim tells teen activist to stop using sister’s name: ‘She did not and would not support your agenda’

Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez has become a media favorite in their push for more stringent gun control and she took center stage at Saturday’s March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., with a speech that lasted 6 minutes and 23 seconds, the length of last month’s shooting.

Much of that time, Gonzalez stood silent while tears ran down her face, a powerful moment of political theater that the media could not get enough of. When she spoke, she named the 15 classmates who lost their lives, to include Alaina Petty, who was a U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) member.

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

This didn’t sit well with Petty’s family, according to a Twitter account that appears to belong to the deceased student’s brother, Patrick, who is also a student at Stoneman Douglas.

“Hey please stop using my sister’s name to push your agenda, she DID NOT and WOULD NOT support it,” read a tweet from the account.

Petty and two classmates, Martin Duque, and Peter Wang, students and JROTC cadets at the Parkland, Fla., high school were awarded the Army’s Medal of Heroism at their funerals.

The casket of Alaina Petty, a victim of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, leaves her funeral in Coral Springs, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 13: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Kyle Kashuv (R) and Patrick Petty (2nd L) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

After posting the tweet asking Gonzalez not to use Alaina’s name, a follow up tweet was shared commenting on one of the “vile” responses, which advocated not only for the death of Petty’s sister, but the brother as well.

A program from the funeral of Alaina Petty, 14. (Photo: Facebook)

“I have scrolled through many responses to this vile tweet. While almost everyone thinks it’s out of line, I haven’t seen a comment that threatens the life of another person the way this tweet does. Interesting #tolerantleft,” the tweet read.

Gonzalez, who is head of the Stoneman Douglas Gay-Straight Alliance, wore an olive green jacket with multiple patches, to include the flag of the communist Cuban state, as she spoke.

“Six minutes and about twenty seconds,” she said. “In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 were injured, and everyone, absolutely everyone, was forever altered.”

“Six minutes and twenty seconds with an AR-15 and my friend Carmen would never complain to me about piano practice,” she added. “Aaron Feis would never call Kira, ‘Miss Sunshine.’ Alex Schachter would never walk into school with his brother Ryan. Scott Beigel would never joke around with Cameron at camp. Helena Ramsey would never hang out after school with Max. Gina Montalto would never wave to her friend Liam at lunch. Joaquin Oliver would never play basketball with Sam or Dylan. Alaina Petty would never. Cara Loughran would never. Chris Hixon would never. Luke Hoyer would never. Martin Duque Anguiano would never. Peter Wang would never. Alyssa Alhadeff would never. Jamie Guttenberg would never. Meadow Pollack would never.”

Gonzalez was celebrated by the stars who turned out for Saturday’s event, to include actress Jennifer Hudson, who lost her mother, brother, and nephew to gun violence.

(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for March For Our Lives)

Patrick Petty had plenty of support online, here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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