20 Feb 2018 Anthony Borges, 15, is being hailed a hero for reportedly using his body to shield his fellow classmates […]
20 Feb 2018
Anthony Borges, 15, is being hailed a hero for reportedly using his body to shield his fellow classmates from bullets during the Florida school massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel visited the brave teen in the hospital Sunday, saying he was “honored” to visit the teenager:
The Sheriff was honored to visit Anthony Borges,15, in the hospital. Anthony was shot five times. Fortunately, he is recovering, but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed. Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all others from #StonemanDouglas. pic.twitter.com/U0PVkEwpFZ
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 18, 2018
“Fortunately, he is recovering — but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed. Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all the other victims of this horrific criminal act,” the sheriff’s department wrote on Facebook.
Carlos Rodriguez, Borges’s friend and fellow classmate, said the 15-year-old “took the initiative just to save his other classmates.”
Rodriguez said Borges placed his body between the bullets and his fellow students, allowing them to escape while he took bullets to his legs and back. He added that he would not be alive if Borges had not intervened.
The boy’s father, Royer Borges, said he received a phone call from the teenager who told him: “Dad, somebody shot me in the back and my leg, too.”
Mr Borges called his son a “hero”, adding: “I only ask that people pray for him.”