Anthony Borges, 15-year-old survivor of the Parkland shooting, is suing the Broward County sheriff’s office, the school district, and the head authorities at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The young boy was grievously wounded in the Parkland shooting. Anthony Borges used his body to shield others who were running for their lives and was shot five times. The hero student is the first to file a lawsuit over the Valentine’s Day shooting that has left 17 dead and dozens injured. The 15-year-old said he will be suing so he can seek money to cover the cost of his recovery. Borges is still recovering from his injuries in the hospital and has not been able to walk yet.
Doctor’s are now saying that the hero of the Parkland shooting may have saved his own life too. Borges had been in Boy Scouts training and through his experience he realized he was losing too much blood. Anthony Borges applied a tourniquet to the bleeding area and slowed the worst wound.
According to americanewscentral:
“The failure of Broward County Public Schools, and of the principal and school resource officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent,” Borges’ attorney, Alex Arreaza, said in the lawsuit filed on Monday. “Such action or inaction led to the personal injuries sustained by my client.”
The attorney also gave an update on the student’s medical condition saying that he still can’t walk and has difficulty even performing rudimentary tasks at this time.
Areeaza added that Borges has had multiple surgeries to address his grievous wounds but still has “a long way to go” before even approaching good health. “But it’s going to be a tough recovery … it’s a miracle that we’re even talking about recovery,” he said.
“By the grace of God” Boges isn’t the 18th victim, Areeaza added.
The student’s medical bills will definitely exceed $1million and the attorney noted that he intends to sue for damages that will be determined at a later date.
“Unfortunately medical bills can bankrupt a family,” Areeaza added, “and it has to be addressed. There could have been a lot more done to prevent this tragedy.”
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the Borges family in the aftermath of the shooting. Thus far the family has raised over $600,000.
The teen suffered gunshot wounds to his back, and both legs.
The student was praised as a hero for trying to help as many students as he could as the killer wandered through the school shooting people indiscriminately.
According to Newsweek:
A 15-year-old student who was shot five times as he attempted to shield his classmates from a gunman during the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida has been hailed as a hero.
Anthony Borges barricaded the door to a classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with his own body to protect the 20 children inside from the gunman, who allegedly fired shots into Borges’s back and legs as he attempted to save his friends.
“None of us knew what to do. So, he took the initiative to just save his other classmates,” Borges’s best friend Carlos told Good Morning America.
Borges even called home to tell his dad he had been shot.
“He just called me and says, ‘Dad, somebody shot me in the back and my leg, too,’” Royer Borges told the media. “He’s my hero.”