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Petition demands military funeral for hero JROTC cadet

A petition to the White House is demanding military honors at the funeral of a “hero” JROTC cadet killed during the Florida school shooting[1] Wednesday.

The petition, which has garnered more than 20,000 signatures[2] Monday, asks for a “full honors” military burial for Peter Wang, who reportedly died helping others escape lunatic gunman Nikolas Cruz[3].

“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,” the petition, started by someone named C.K., states.

“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.”

Such burials are normally reserved for active-duty members, those in the Selected Reserve, or veterans not dishonorably discharged, according to the Department of Defense.

The honors include the playing of “Taps,” a folding ceremony for the American flag draped over a veteran’s casket, and the flag’s presentation to family members, according to the defense department.

The JROTC is an Army program that trains potential officers, and Wang hoped to attend the US Military Academy at West Point.

The Army, which administers the ROTC, did not respond to a request for comment.

The petition was filed on the White House’s We The People platform, where the Executive Office is supposed to respond to all petitions that gain more than 100,000 signatures in 30 days.

The Trump administration has not responded to any petitions filed to the Obama-era website, including ones garnering nearly a half-million names, according to a Washington Post report[4].

Wang’s funeral is set for Tuesday afternoon in Coral Springs, Florida.

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  1. ^ killed during the Florida school shooting (nypost.com)
  2. ^ garnered more than 20,000 signatures (petitions.whitehouse.gov)
  3. ^ lunatic gunman Nikolas Cruz (nypost.com)
  4. ^ according to a Washington Post report (www.washingtonpost.com)
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Peter Wang: Online petition for full military burial for JROTC student who 'died a hero'

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PARKLAND – Peter Wang died in his Junior ROTC uniform while helping fellow students get to safety as shots rang out inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day.

The Parkland community wants the 15-year-old to have a burial fit for a military hero.

An online petition filed Feb.16 on whitehouse.gov[3] calls for Congress to allow for Peter to have a full honors military funeral.

The online petition states: “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.”

The petition needs 100,000 signatures by March 18 to get a response from the White House, according to the website. By Sunday evening, 17,491 people signed the petition. 

Wang’s funeral will be Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. at Kraeer Funeral Home, 1655 University Drive in Coral Springs. He will be laid to rest at Bailey Memorial Gardens in North Lauderdale.

See the petition at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow-cadet-peter-wang-receive-full-honors-military-burial[4].

More: Numerous missed opportunities before Florida shooter killed 17 at Broward high school[5]

More: Florida school shooting: Hundreds rally for stricter gun laws after massacre[6]

More: Florida school shooting: Lauderdale airport attack survivor grateful son was safe in Parkland[7]

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Several of the Florida high school shooting survivors say they will not go back to school until Congress takes action by passing new gun legislation. Buzz60

 

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