Army awards heroism medals to JROTC cadets killed in Florida school shooting
By Lucia I. Suarez Sang
February 20, 2018
Three junior ROTC cadets who were killed in the Florida high school shooting last week will be honored with heroism medals by the U.S. Army.
A spokesman for the U.S. Army told Fox News on Tuesday that Cadet Command approved Junior ROTC Heroism Medals for cadets Alaina Petty, Peter Wang and Martin Duque.
The family of Petty, 14, were presented the medal during her funeral service Monday, at which more than 1,500 people attended to pay their respects.
Wang’s family received his medal at his service Tuesday morning.
According to students and teachers, Wang, 15, died in his junior ROTC uniform while helping students, teachers and staff escape from the shooting rampage.
An online petition to the White House sought to give Wang military honors at his funeral. It had more than 43,700 signatures as of Tuesday.
“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 said.
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Students did the best they could that day. Teachers did the best they could that day too. Parents did the best they could when they sent them off to school that day.
So, why didn't politicians do the best they could long before this day? Oh, now I remember. They kept saying "now is not the time" to talk about any of this. Looks like they're going to have to talk now and explain why they never did anything about any of this after so many kids didn't make it home from school on too many other days!
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