Parkland School Survivors Pursue Presidential Medal of Freedom for Hero Student

Peter Wang was a freshman and member of the ROTC program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was remembered as a brave teen who was seen holding the door open for others during the shooting.

Parkland school survivors are pushing to secure the President Medal of Freedom for fallen student Peter Wang.

Wang was a freshman when the February 14, 2018, attack occurred. He was also a Junior ROTC (JROTC) member.

Newsweek reports:

When the gunfire broke out, Wang was wearing his JROTC shirt and instead of running for his life, he held a door open so other students could escape, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Unfortunately, his decision to save others, something his family said embodied who the 15-year-old was, was his final act of selflessness. Wang was shot and killed.

The push to honor Wang has brought together Parkland survivors from both sides of the political spectrum.

For example, a petition to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Wang was launched by pro-Second Amendment student Kyle Kashuv.

Kashuv tweeted:

But pro-gun control student activist Cameron Kasky supports awarding the medal to Wang as well. Kasky told WFOR, “For the Presidential Medal of Freedom, there’s no better recipient. Peter lost his life defending others, which is what he wanted to do with his life. He wanted to go into the military and that is a young man who deserves this honor.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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