Florida school shooting victim posthumously admitted to West Point

Dressed in his JROTC uniform, he bravely held a door open for others

Matt Saintsing
February 20, 2018 - 1:44 pm

Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA


Peter Wang set high standards for himself, and dreamed of attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point one day. His life was ripped from him last week when he, and 16 others, died trying to escape a hail of gunfire.

Wang was an active cadet in the Army’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He very well could have been in the Class of 2025, but his family buried him Tuesday.

The Sun Sentinal, a South Florida newspaper, first reported Tuesday that West Point will confer a letter of admission.

Trying to help his fellow students and dressed in his JROTC uniform, Wang died, last Wednesday, while holding a door to allow others to escape.

The Army awarded Wang, and two other JROTC cadets, the Medal of Heroism—an honor typically reserved for exceptional actions in the face of danger for U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets.

A petition that is circulating online said “His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area.”

“Wang died a hero, and deserved to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial.”  

His funeral was held Tuesday afternoon, and Wang will be laid to rest at Baily Memorial Gardens in North Lauderdale.