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White House Petition Calls for Full Military Honors for Cadet Who Saved His Fellow Classmates During Florida School Shooting

A petition on the White House website started on Friday to call on the President to give a JROTC Cadet who died in the Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School shooting a full honors military burial.

Cadet Peter Wang, 15, did everything in his power to help other students make it out of the mass shooting alive. Now, people want to honor his memory by giving him the credit he deserves.

Here's what the petition is asking for:

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.

Wang and a number of other JROTC students hid between 60 and 70 students under Kevlar blankets to keep them from being shot. 

According to Lin Chen, Wang’s 24-year-old cousin, the teenager was a caring individual who was always smiling.

"He is so brave. He is the person who is genuinely kind to everyone. He doesn’t care about popularity. He always liked to cheer people up. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had," Chen told the Sun-Sentinel.

Jesse Pan, a local real estate agent and family friend, said Wang was “very polite, smart” and he dreamed of attending West Point Military Academy to be of “service to our country," Pan told the Sun-Sentinel.

Someone also created a Reddit post that has received attention from Military members across the country. The post asks for volunteers to show up to the funeral in their Military uniform to pay tribute to Wong. Those who are unable to attend are sending coins and patches to the family.

Wang's funeral services will take place on Tues. Feb. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 1655 N. University Dr. Coral Springs, FL 33701

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