An online petition wants to make sure the students whose heroic efforts helped save the lives of countless others at STEM School Highlands Ranch get national recognition for taking action in the face of adversity.

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From left to right: Joshua Jones, Kendrick Castillo and Brendan Bialy stopped a suspected shooter at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday. A fourth unidentified story also helped stop the suspect. Castillo was shot and killed during the incident.

Kendrick Castillo, Brendan Bialy and Joshua Jones are credited with disarming the suspected shooter at STEM School Thursday afternoon. In the skirmish, Castillo, an 18-year-old senior just days away from finishing high school, was fatally shot. The attack on the school left eight students injured.

Now, a Change.org petition is urging the ESPYS to award the three students the 2019 Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The award is given to those “possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost,” according to ESPN.

The petition stresses the students did exactly just that as they faced the suspected shooter without giving it a second thought and helped others take cover or escape, thereby avoiding further loss of life.

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