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Tue Feb 20, 2018, 03:01 PM

Florida shooting: West Point admits murdered hero

Source: The BBC (on-line)

A reserves trainee who died helping other students escape a Florida school shooting has been posthumously accepted to a prestigious US military school.

Peter Wang, 15, who was one of 17 killed in the 14 February attack, was admitted to the class of 2025 at his dream school, West Point Academy.

He was a member of the US Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC), a school programme for potential US military officers.

His funeral took place on Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43132215



What a soldier he would have been.

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Reply Florida shooting: West Point admits murdered hero (Original post)
B Stieg Feb 2018 OP
ellie Feb 2018 #1
pazzyanne Feb 2018 #3
janterry Feb 2018 #9
Jedi Guy Feb 2018 #2
pazzyanne Feb 2018 #5
Jedi Guy Feb 2018 #7
rainin Feb 2018 #4
magicarpet Feb 2018 #6
onecent Feb 2018 #8
SunSeeker Feb 2018 #10
iluvtennis Feb 2018 #11
sagetea Feb 2018 #12
TNNurse Feb 2018 #13
AnnieBW Feb 2018 #14
TomVilmer Feb 2018 #15
TomSlick Feb 2018 #16
TomVilmer Feb 2018 #17
TomSlick Feb 2018 #18

Response to B Stieg (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 03:05 PM

1. This made me cry

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Response to ellie (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 03:14 PM

3. The whole thing makes me cry

every time something new emerges. At the same time I am so proud of the young people who are organizing to fight against ignorance in the presence of school shootings - 18 since the first of January. That is pathetic and our elected officials are abdicating their duties to their constituents. I swear that I cry at least once a day on the average. I keep thinking that I should be out of tears, but they just keep coming.

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Response to ellie (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 05:06 PM

9. Me, too

I have a 15 year old. I just can't imagine surviving that His poor parents.

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Response to B Stieg (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 03:11 PM

2. This is what gun violence stole from us.

And some people in America call it the "cost of freedom."

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Response to Jedi Guy (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 03:17 PM

5. That is an asinine idea.

That is what our military has been fighting for since 1776. Our school children should not have to become the "cost of freedom" for gun humpers!

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Response to pazzyanne (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 04:37 PM

7. Absolutely correct.

But I've had people say that to my face. I like to respond with "so you'd be okay if your kid was the sacrifice on this altar of freedom, right?" That's when they start tap-dancing.

It's always easy to talk about paying the price of freedom when it's some other grieving parent paying the tab. I use that when they advocate for going to war unnecessarily, too.

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Response to B Stieg (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 03:15 PM

4. Thank you West Point. n/t

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Response to B Stieg (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 04:07 PM

6. What could have been but was taken far too soon....

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Response to B Stieg (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 05:03 PM

8. abcnews.com/ had a way to just send your name to them and he needs quite

a few more, but I couldn't find the clip. I'm too old to find some of this stuff they put
it in weird places.. Why don't they just tell us on TV where it is????


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Response to B Stieg (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 05:09 PM

10. ...

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Response to B Stieg (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 05:13 PM

11. I love this story.

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Response to B Stieg (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 05:36 PM

12. Not just a soldier

A Human, a man, a warrior... I'm so sick of our children dying, I just can't do it anymore! Our children have more honor than the adults. Children are rising are woke. It's these young warriors that are going to save us, it was a young lady's dream that started Standing Rock, they will go down is history as Saviors, Hero's, exceptional human beings. You just don't mess with the children.

sage

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Response to B Stieg (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 05:38 PM

13. He and the others who died could have done many things.

They are a loss to all of us.

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Response to B Stieg (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 05:39 PM

14. All JROTCs Killed Are Awarded Medal of Heroism

The Army has awarded Medals of Heroism, the service’s highest medal for Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets, to the three JROTC students killed defending their classmates from a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Feb. 14

The Medal of Heroism, awarded to students Peter Wang, Alaina Petty and Martin Duque, recognizes JROTC cadets whose achievements “involved the acceptance of danger and extraordinary responsibilities, exemplifying praiseworthy courage and fortitude.”

https://taskandpurpose.com/army-jrotc-medals-florida-shooting/

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Response to B Stieg (Original post)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 06:05 PM

15. The killer was also in JROTC

He was wearing a maroon shirt with the logo from the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps when he was arrested, and used to be a member of the ROTC marksmanship team before he was expelled.

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Response to TomVilmer (Reply #15)

Tue Feb 20, 2018, 09:56 PM

16. I hope that it was not your intent to lessen the heroism of the three cadets.

These three cadets exhibited the kind of selfless service to which adult soldiers should aspire.

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 21, 2018, 06:27 AM

17. Yes, they were real heroes that day

Those boys had great courage themselves, since they exhibited the kind of selfless service to which we all should aspire. It had little to to with JROTC - since that other boy could take such a total different lesson from belonging to this.

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Response to TomVilmer (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 21, 2018, 07:33 PM

18. From my experience, military service doesn't make people disposed to selfless service.

In my experience, people disposed to selfless service are motivated to military service.

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