A petition has been signed by tens of thousands of Americans asking for a military funeral for a hero of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
Fifteen-year-old Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadet Peter Wang gave his life while protecting his fellow students as the bullets ripped through Stoneman Douglas High School last. Now there is a grassroots movement to give full military honors to the burial of Wang.
Typically, a JROTC member would not be granted the honor.
However, a White House petition created this week requesting a military funeral honor for Wang is quickly gaining steam. The petition has over 26,000 signatures to date.
The petition 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.
The petition will need 100,000 signatures for the White House to respond.
Local ABC News 10 interviewed the two students who started the petition. The students were friends of Wang and were with him the day he gave his life. One student, Aiden Ortiz, said “I want people to know that he died a hero.”