Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Anthony Borges was recently released from the hospital after being the victim of five gun shots nearly two months ago.
Borges, who was pictured across social media, was visited by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie while he was in the hospital. The high school student reached out to those individuals in a press conference, following his release.
“I do not know why I survived and they didn’t, but I will tell you that my family and I will dedicate the rest of our lives to seeing that something like this will never happen again,” said Borge’s attorney, Alex Arreaza, reading from Borges’ statement. “To the other injured, I hope you are recovering well. We have the responsibility to tell the world what happened.”
The student, who was the last of those released from the hospital, did not hold back in his response to the Sheriff, as Daily Wire reports.
“To Sheriff Israel of the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Robert Runcie, the Superintendent of schools in Broward, I want to thank you for visiting me at the hospital, but I want to say that both of you failed us, students, teachers and parents alike, on so many levels,” said the attorney.
“I want to ask you today to please end your policy and agreement that you will not arrest people committing crimes in our school,” the statement continued.
“I want all of us to move forward to end the environment that allowed people like Nikolas Cruz to fall through the cracks,” the statement said, per ABC News. “You knew he was a problem years ago and you did nothing. He should have never been in school with us.”
“I know I’ve been called Iron Man,” Arreaza also said, per MSN. “And while I’m honored to be called this, I am not. I’m a 15-year-old who’s been shot five times, while Broward Sheriff’s deputies waited outside and decided that they weren’t going to come in the building.”
As ABC News reports, Borges’ father also criticized Sheriff Israel:
Borges’ father, Roger, also criticized Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for taking a photo of Borges while he was recovering in the hospital after the shooting. The photo was shared on social media by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
“I am not grateful for the picture that Israel took of my son in that condition, in any way, and I think it was a mockery to have sent me a $100 check from the school board,” Roger Borges said in Spanish. “I think it showed a great lack of respect.”
Per Daily Wire:
Borges, who was shot five times, was released from the hospital this last Wednesday after undergoing nine surgeries. CBS Miami notes that he is credited with “saving the lives of 20 classmates by attempting to close and lock a classroom door during the shooting.”
WLWT News reports that over $825,000 has been raised online to help cover the cost of his medical bills which are expected to exceed $1,500,000. His family is reportedly planning to sue the school shooter, his deceased mother’s estate, and the family that took him in. The family has to wait six months before they can sue the police department and the school district due to state law.
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