A petition gaining ground on the White House website asks President Obama to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Victoria Soto, the teacher who died trying to shield her students from bullets during the Newtown massacre.

The petition as of this morning had about 5,000 signatures – already on its way toward gathering the 25,000 needed to require a response from the White House.

The petition reads:


Posthumously award Victoria Soto the Presidential Medal of Freedom

According to initial reports, 27-year-old Victoria “Vicki” Soto saved the lives of her students by sacrificing her own in the December 14th shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In doing so, she made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States,” and reminded the world that courage and right can prevail in the face of fear and evil.

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