Anthony Borges, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who was shot five times while barricading a classroom door to prevent Nikolas Cruz from getting to his classmates, appeared at a press conference on Friday.
Borges did not speak, but his lawyer, Alex Arreaza, read a statement from the teen that criticized the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for failing to protect students. Borges criticised Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for policies that he said allowed gunman Nikolas Cruz to get a series of second chances, rather than being dealt with so he couldn’t have shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, leaving 17 dead.
“I know I’ve been called Iron Man. 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,” Arreaza said, reading the boy’s statement.
Addressing himself to Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and School Superintendent Robert Runcie, Borges’ statement said, “I want to thank you for visiting me in the hospital. But I want to say that both of you failed us students and parents and teachers alike on so many levels.”
He criticized an agreement between the sheriff’s office and school district intended to prevent children from being arrested, which he said created a permissive atmosphere that allowed Cruz to remain free despite repeated incidents and warning signs.
“I want to ask you today to please end your policy and agreement that you do not arrest people committing crimes at our schools,” the boy said in the statement. “I want all of us to move forward and end the environment that allowed people like Nikolas Cruz to fall through the cracks. You knew he was a problem years ago and you did nothing.
Records show that the sheriff’s office received at least 39 calls requesting service from authorities at Cruz’s home since 2011. The FBI also acknowledged that they received a tip about Cruz but mishandled the call.
Arreaza continued: “He should have never been in school. I ask you today to make a commitment to protect the students and teachers and provide a safe learning environment. People are tired of empty promises that allow this environment to remain.”
The Borges family said they did not appreciate the sheriff having pictures taken during his hospital visit, which ended up being widely publicized. “The family is still upset about it,” Arreaza said. “They didn’t appreciate it.”
Finally, someone is pointing the finger in the right direction! At the system that let everyone down! It’s about time someone truly brave stood up to say what needed to be said. These administration people do not care about the students in the school! They just want to cover their own butts!
This kid really is brave, not only for his actions to protect his fellow students, but also to dare to go against the liberal narrative of some of his classmates and the Democrats who want to blame the NRA.
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