One of USMA's priorities is to develop leaders of character who are committed to the values of Duty, Honor & Country. Peter Wang's actions on February 14 are an example of those principles & the academy honors his dream of being a West Point cadet with a 2025 letter of acceptance pic.twitter.com/fycvJBhte8
— U.S. Military Academy (@WestPoint_USMA) February 20, 2018
Fifteen-year-old Peter Wang dreamed of attending the West Point Military Academy. History teacher Ernie Rospierski appeared on CBS to talk about the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School and he specifically recalled seeing Peter Wang help his fellow students escape before he was gunned down.
“The kids, the students at Stoneman Douglas, have been terrific,” said Rospierski. “Not just the kids that you’ve had a chance to hear speak. But I personally witnessed one of my kids, his name is Peter Wang, holding the door pushing kids through the door while bullets are coming at him. I don’t know many adults who could have done that, let alone a 14-year-old boy.”
Wang, a JROTC student, was one of those killed.
The funeral for Peter Wang is today and his bravery is being recognized by the United States Army, who announced Wang and two of his former classmates would be given an award for heroism.
The U.S. Army is awarding its Medal of Heroism to three Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadets killed in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, an Army spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. Alaina Petty, Peter Wang and Martin Duque were all students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where the deadly attack unfolded.
The Army awards the Medal of Heroism to JROTC cadets who perform “acts of heroism.”
“The achievement must be an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding that it clearly sets the individual apart from fellow students or from other persons in similar circumstances,” the Army said in a statement. “The performance must have involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy fortitude and courage.”