Florida School Shooting: Victim Peter Wang Held Door Open For Others

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Florida School Shooting: Victim Peter Wang Held Door Open For Others

‘Funny, caring, selfless’
At least 17 people are dead after a 19-year-old man opened fire at a high school campus in Parkland, Florida.

The attack began at 14:30 local time (19:30 GMT) on Wednesday {14 February 2018} at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, about an hour north of Miami.

Buenos Dias


What a Horrible & tragic way to spend Valentine’s Day.
It is with a heavy heart & dried off tears that I bring you this senseless tragedy of which many heroes arose. From Peter Wang, to the teachers, to the janitor, to the police responders. A huge Thank You & Salute to each & every one of them.

This is the worst shooting since 2012, when gunman Adam Lanza attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
He shot dead 20 young children and six adults before killing himself.

It is the sixth school shooting incident in 2018 that has either wounded or killed students, according to the advocacy website.Is this now becoming a TREND? School Shooting? With so many in such short periods of time, it’s hard to believe that more and more disturbed people are thinking the only way to vent their, anger, pain & torment is to shoot up a school?

I researched South African School Shooting as well:

Soweto school SowetoSouth Africa September 19, 1994 0 An 18-year-old student shot and wounded seven of his schoolmates with a rifle, after he had been reprimanded. The youth then escaped in his father’s car.[128]
Soweto school Soweto, South Africa July 29, 1999 3 Teacher Charles Raboroko shot and killed three of his colleagues in the staffroom at Anchor Comprehensive High School in Soweto. When he tried to escape he was hindered by angry students outside the school, whereupon he hid in a classroom, where he was later arrested by police. Raboroko was said to have borne a grudge against one of his victims, Henry Lebea, whom he killed with five shots in the head.[129][130]
Welkom school WelkomFree State, South Africa August 31, 2009 2 Jaco Stiglingh, a teacher at Gimnasium High School in Welkom, South Africa shot and killed deputy principal Johan Liebenberg, 53, inside his office before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide.[131]
Ngqeleni school Ngqeleni,
Eastern Cape,
South Africa
January 26, 2010 2 After an argument a 25-year-old man shot and seriously wounded his girlfriend, who was working as a clerk at Jongingaba Junior-Secondary School. A 12-year-old girl was also killed inside a classroom by a stray bullet, before the gunman tried to escape. He was later caught and killed by an angry mob.[132]
Spes Bona High School Cape Town, South Africa May 14, 2013 1 17-year-old Enrico Martin was shot in the head while he was entering Spes Bona High School. He later died in a hospital. Authorities believe that the attack was gang-related. No arrests have been made.[133][134]

This is a SERIOUS CONCERN! We need to change this way of normalized thinking around mass school shootings!

And while Peter is the focus of this post I’d like us all reading this now to take a moment of silence & prayer for each and every one of these 17 victims killed.

Alyssa Alhadeff, a student and soccer player


Scott Beigel, a geography teacher. The 35-year unlocked his classroom door to let students take shelter in his classroom when he was struck by a bullet and killed.


Martin Duque, a 14-year-old freshman & Nicholas Dworet, a senior


Aaron Feis, who worked as an assistant football coach and security guard. “He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot.”


Jaime Guttenberg, a student & Luker Hoyer, a 15-year-old freshman


Chris Hixon, athletic director and wrestling coach


Cara Loughran & Gina Montalto


Joaquin “Guac” Oliver & Alaina Petty


Meadow Pollack & Helena Ramsey


Alex Schachter, 14 & Carmen Schentrup


Peter Wang, 15 was killed after holding the door open for others to escape
 

“I don’t want this to ever happen to anyone else again. The fact is there are 17 families that now have empty rooms…”
~said David Hogg, a student who survived the shooting

This quote really stuck with me, it brings about such profound sadness and mourning for those families & the lives lost, all in one sentence. 17 empty rooms, 17 smiles that will never be seen again, 17 souls no longer on this plane of existence. As I look through these faces, some caught in unique moments of pure joy & happiness, I realize just how precious & unpredictable life really is. 

This is footage taken At the time of the shooting.
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The suspect was Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school who had been expelled. He escaped with fleeing students but is now in police custody.
Police say Cruz, an expelled former student, was heavily armed when he began his massacre at the Florida high school.

What’s worse is that the FBI was warned about Cruz. He was reported. 

He entered the premises wearing a gas mask and armed with a rifle, smoke grenades and ammunition, setting off a fire alarm so that students would leave the classrooms and come out into the corridors
Cruz killed three people outside the school, before gaining access through one of the school’s teaching buildings and killing a further 12.


Two others died from their injuries later on at nearby hospitals.
The attacker has now confessed to police.
“Cruz stated that he was the gunman who entered the school campus armed with a AR-15 and began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on the school grounds,” a court document read.
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Witnesses told of how Wang, who was part of the Royal Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program had selflessly held open the door to enable others to flee before himself.

Peter’s bereft cousin, Aaron Chan, was in the school at the time of the shooting and saw Wang helping classmates to escape while dressed in his grey ROTC uniform.

“He wasn’t supposed to die. He was supposed to grow old with me,” Aaron told First Coast News.

“He is so funny, caring and selfless,” added Lin Chen, Wang’s 24-year-old cousin.

Chen, who flew in from Louisiana to be with the family, continued: “He is so brave. He is the person who is genuinely kind to everyone. He doesn’t care about popularity. He always liked to cheer people up. He is like the big brother everyone wished they had.”

Can you imagine for a moment that you were Peter Wang? Can you empathize on those last moments of his? Or can you imagine if this was Your Kid, Your Child, Your Son??
You hear the gunshots, your body becomes flushed with adrenaline but every instinct you have is screaming out in terror for you to run, to find any way possible out of the school right now! But instead you use every ounce of strength you can muster to stifle that. Your ROTC training kicks in and suddenly you’re on auto pilot, holding the door open & helping others get to safety FIRST.
Could you do that? Do you think this is how you would react?

Hundreds gathered on Thursday for a prayer vigil at Parkridge church, in Parkland, Florida

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19 Responses

  1. Kathy Myers says:

    There are no words to express my sorrow and distress over this incident. So many innocent victims. The ones who killed by this shooter as well and the family members they leave behind.

  2. Mary Burris says:

    Scenes such as this are upsetting. This is the same generation that is eating tide pods. I honestly don't think it's a matter of gun control. It's really a matter of lack of respect for human life. Seeing the shooters blasted all over the television and internet has the potential for future incidents as these people look at it as a moment of fame. I appreciate that you have taken the time to show the victims and pay tribute to them.

  3. Ann Snook says:

    Thank you for going into detail about the victims to honor them. This makes me sick and I can't believe the US still can't seem to come to their senses about gun control.

  4. Amber Nelson says:

    I can't believe this. It completely breaks my heart that someone would do this. RIP to all the victims.

  5. Alison Rost says:

    This still breaks my heart and I can't imagine what these parents are going through right now or how these kids and their teachers dealt with the shooter. It's all too much.

  6. Ami Rose says:

    This is SO SO awful. I can't imagine what everyone is going through, so horrible. I feel for the family and friends of the people affected, something seriously needs to be done to stop this happening again.

    Ami xxx

  7. William says:

    I cannot imagine what the parents of those children went through getting the news their child had been killed. �� I just don’t understand how someone can do that to so many innocent people. #FloridaShooting

  8. William says:

    Peter Wang should be celebrating #ChineseNewYear with his family, getting red envelopes. Instead, he held the door open for others to escape the shooter. He’s called a hero, but #gunviolence killed him. Along with 16 others. Peter shouldn’t have to be a hero at 15. ��RIP, Peter.

  9. Nathaniel says:

    IRONY is a 18-20 year old can join the military and be killed in action; BUT, they cannot buy a beer. That same 18-20 year old can legally buy an AR-15 but cannot buy alcohol. What's wrong with this picture?

  10. Nathaniel says:

    I'm terrified to go to school. No kid should feel this way–this terrified and helpless. The shock has worn off and I'm angry.

  11. Vannessa says:

    Sadly on this special day 17 people lost their lives. My prayers and condolences go out to the victims families ����♥️����
    such a heroic little man. I wish I could hug him. So heartbreaking! ������Rest in peace, Peter.

  12. This is just too heart breaking. School shootings shouldn't even be happening. To kill young people whose lives are only just starting. Who had nothing to do with anything other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And those families. The devastation that one person has left behind. Just because they wouldn't seek help or find a peaceful solution to their problem. It's an understatement to say this is sad.
    The good people who sacrificed themselves to save others, our world goes abit darker without them. They are the minority in today's society where everyone cares only for themselves

  13. Honestly this is so heartbreaking. I can not believe this is the 18th shooting in the USA this year alone. All such wasted lives and gone way too young. I hope America comes to their sense and forces some gun control.

  14. This is so sad. I still can't believe there has been yet another shooting again. This has to stop!

  15. Oyibo Ugbo says:

    This is so awful and heart breaking.. oh!

  16. That is such an amazing act of bravery that Peter Wang did. I want to say I would respond exactly like him but I cannot know unless I was there. And I like you hope this never happens again. It is so sad that evil exists in the world like this.

  17. Msddah A says:

    So heart breaking. My hearts are with the family and friends they left behind!

  18. With such a deep grief I read this whole post and it made me more sad to read about the souls that were lost in mass shootings, the innocent lives that were taken away! For sure, I'm gonna pray for all!

  19. It was heartbreaking and my heart goes out to the family of those who were killed in the shooting. RIP Peter Wang!

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