WH petition requests military burial for JROTC member killed in Florida shooting

WH petition requests military burial for JROTC member killed in Florida shooting
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A petition to the White House is asking for a junior ROTC member credited with saving several of his classmates’ lives during the Florida high school shooting to be given a full-honors military burial.

Peter Wang, 15, was among the 17 people killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday. Family members said that Wang was seen holding open a door during the shooting, allowing others to escape.

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The petition, hosted on the official White House petition site, was created on Friday and had earned nearly 18,000 signatures as of Sunday evening.

He died while wearing his uniform, according to the petition.

“His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area,” the petition reads. “Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial.”

The petition will be guaranteed an official White House response if it gains 100,000 signatures by March 18.

The White House has not responded to any of the petitions reaching the 100,000-signature threshold since President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE took office.

However, officials promised that they would begin responding to the petitions after the site was relaunched. The new site went live this month.

Students at the Florida high school have demanded that Trump and Congress take action on gun control following the deadly shooting.

Trump is planning on meeting with high school students in Florida to talk about school safety but it’s unclear if he will take any official action.