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Parkland Hero Who Was Shot 5 Times Speaks — What He Says About Sheriff Israel Is Stunning

Anthony Borges, a Parkland shooting victim who was shot five times, released a statement on Friday that criticized the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for failing to protect students.

Borges, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, was recently released from the hospital but remains in a wheelchair. He was shot five times while barricading a classroom door to prevent Nikolas Cruz from getting to his classmates.

The survivor appeared with his lawyer, Alex Arreaza, at a press conference on Friday evening. Arreaza read a statement on Borges’ behalf that placed blame on Sheriff Scott Israel, the Broward County School District, and the Broward deputies who did not enter while Cruz was shooting up the school.

“I know I’ve been called Iron Man,” the statement said. “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.”

Video surveillance footage from the incident showed that deputy Scot Peterson, the school resource officer on duty that day, waited outside the school while gunshots could be heard inside. When additional deputies arrived on scene, they too waited behind their cars with guns drawn.

Borges’ statement thanked Sheriff Israel and School Superintendent Robert Runcie for visiting him while he was in the hospital but acknowledged, “both of you failed us students and parents and teachers alike on so many levels.”

“I want all of us to move forward and end the environment that allowed people like Nikolas Cruz to fall through the cracks,” he continued. “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.

The statement added that Borges’ soccer career was over and his family is left with exorbitant hospital bills.

“I appreciate all of the charity that the community has given us. It’s not enough to cover all of the damages, including his career,” his family said.

A total of 17 people died in the shooting.

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39 Comments

39 Comments

  1. Linda Nitzschke

    April 8, 2018 at 1:45 am

    THIS is the young man the media should be listening to…NOT that idiot, Hogg, who is so aptly named as he hogs the airwaves and limelight, as if he actually had a clue about anything, spewing F-word after F-word and complaining about how he didn’t get accepted to this college and that, even tho he had been involved in all this “extra circular” (extracurricular) work during his high school years.

    • Sharon Jeanguenat

      April 8, 2018 at 1:58 am

      You are 100% right!

      • woodenshoes1948

        April 8, 2018 at 3:24 am

        absolutely

    • woodenshoes1948

      April 8, 2018 at 3:24 am

      absolutely

    • brian MCMILLAN

      April 8, 2018 at 3:36 am

      Well said!

    • Colc

      April 8, 2018 at 3:51 am

      This is the first I’ve heard of this hero Anthony, who barricaded the door at the risk of his own life, while the police did nothing because they were told to do nothing. I have heard of Hogg, and he is a tragedy, Anthony is the hero, and should get the attention, and he should sue the police department for, at the very least, his medical bills.

    • jerseybadger

      April 8, 2018 at 4:47 am

      agree completely

    • Bill

      April 8, 2018 at 5:22 am

      Totally agree.

    • Joy

      April 8, 2018 at 5:43 am

      Couldn’t agree more!! Well said!

    • Bonnie

      April 8, 2018 at 7:06 am

      Bless his heart for the truth. Amen. Go to the source and the truth? If there are people hired to protect others tney should do it regardless of orders from someone not there. We’re told we shouldn’t have guns to protect ourselves and to depend on law enforcement? Common sense…it would take too long for them to get there and we’d be dead. But if they’re already there and stand down and do nothing! Wow! Reminds me of Benghazi. Isn’t our well being and safety being considered by our high paid elected representatives (and law) who swear an oath? It’s heartbreaking…

    • paulette

      April 8, 2018 at 11:24 pm

      @LINDA HOG WASNT EVEN THERE,HE SAW IT ON THE NEWS GRABBED HIS CAMERA AND BIKE AND WENT TO THE SCHOOL,QUESTION IS WHY WASNT HE IN SCHOOL,UM BECAYSE HE KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN,HIS DAD IS FBI AND MOM IS CNN,ENOUGH SAID

    • Laxmom

      April 9, 2018 at 12:52 am

      Bingo.

    • judy

      April 9, 2018 at 4:40 pm

      I agree completely with Linda…

    • NELL Grisham

      April 10, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      THE look of hate on your face would turn any intelligent person against you..Maybe with age, you will mellow out and mature..

  2. Blkojo

    April 8, 2018 at 1:49 am

    Research the program that the previous administration had enacted to keep arrests and suspensions down for students of color. Has LOTS to do with Cruz being able to run dangerously wild and deadly.

    • Sharon Jeanguenat

      April 8, 2018 at 2:03 am

      What I had read in earlier reports, a couple of weeks after the shooting, the CURRENT admin had the same agreement. And, I’d bet that a lot of the current admin was also the previous admin. I’d be suing, everybody on the school board, & every one of the deputies that stood outside, & didn’t go in. They didn’t even go in when deputies from a neighboring county went in! And, then, they made the EMP’s stand down, & wouldn’t let them go in to try to rescue the kids. Even though the EMP’s volunteered to sign something saying they wouldn’t hold them responsible if something happened to them, Broward Co told them no way. I want to know what they’re trying to hide, & why the school is to be torn down. It sounds like something is fishy!

      • Granny

        April 8, 2018 at 2:13 am

        You are right on with this information. The superintendent and Obama met in Chicago and started the bonus system for schools if they don’t report kids. This brave ypu g man should sue obama as well as the sheriff and the FBI . No way in hell should his parents have to pay any hospital bills because this was a set up shooting right from or ex president.

      • dfinch

        April 8, 2018 at 2:47 am

        President Trump ended the program that Obama setup where kids couldn’t be reprimanded. They’re tearing down building #11. Not the whole school.

      • DissappointedWilliam

        April 8, 2018 at 3:09 am

        They want to tear down the school for one reason and one reason only!! There were multiple shooters involved and they need this fact kept hidden!! Same reason they sent the steel from the Towers away quickly to Europe or dumped in the sea, to hide the fact of, explosions due to planted devices, exactly like a “controlled demolition”!!! This shooting was another in a long series of events to try and get the population to accept the disarming of the population of America!! I don’t think it will ever work and the people that cause this kind of ‘event’ should all be eliminated from this earth!!!

        • Eddie

          April 8, 2018 at 3:34 am

          William…I’m like you in one way. I believe that ALL of these mass shootings are organized and staged to do one thing, turn America into Hilter’s Germany in the 1930’s when he disarmed the German people. And the rest of that story is history. Another peculiar thing is ALL of these mass shootings are done in “gun free zones.” That in and of itself speaks volumes and not only that ALL of the shooters were registered Democrats ! Does anybody with two brain cells to rub together think that disarming law abiding American citizens will stop the problem ? Does anybody with two brain cells to rub together think that criminals are going to turn in their weapons ? People who believe that also believe in the Easter bunny !

        • paulette

          April 8, 2018 at 11:33 pm

          @DISSAPOINTEDWILLIAM,GLAD TO SEE SOMEONE ELSE AWAKE,HOPE YOU SAY THE VIDS OF SHERIFF ISRAEL AND HIS DEPUTIES AT THE MOSQUE GIVING PRAISE THE ALLAH,SHOWING MUSLIMS HOW TO SHOOT A GUN,THERES ALOT COWARD COUNTY POLICE HAVE ALOT OF COMPLAINTS AND LAWSUITS,THEY’RE AS DIRTY AS THEY COME AND THEY ALL NEED TO GO

      • paulette

        April 8, 2018 at 11:30 pm

        @SHARON,GO LOOK UP THE VIDEOS OF SHERIFF ISRAEL AND HIS DEPUTIES BELONGING TO A MUSLIM MOSQUES SHOWS THEM GIVING PARSE TO ALLAH,SHOWING MUSLIMS HOW TO SHOOT A GUN PLUS MORE,MUSLIMS DONT LAY DOWN THEY’RE LIVES FOR INFIDELS,THIS WAS WAY MORE SINISTER THEM MOST KNOW OR THINK,IT WAS DONE ON PURPOSE FOR THE AGENDA OF GUN GRABBING,THEY WERE TOLD TO STAND DOWN FOR MAXIMUM KILL,THE TRUTH NEED TO REALLY COME OUT,COWARD COUNTY HAS ALOT OF COMPLAINTS AND LAWSUITS,THEY ARE DIRTY AS THEY COME

  3. Sharon Jeanguenat

    April 8, 2018 at 1:58 am

    I had read earlier that he also thanked the sheriff for using his hospital visit for camera time! There was a pic of the sheriff holding the boy’s hand, all the while cameras were rolling. And, you could tell by the lights from it, that it was a PROFESSIONAL camera, not a cell phone.

  4. Basil Mowdy

    April 8, 2018 at 2:38 am

    I HOPE THE KID WINS A GIGANTIC AMOUNT OF MONEY FROM A LAWSUIT OF ALL LAW ENFORCEMENTS INVOLVED .

  5. Sharon Melvin

    April 8, 2018 at 2:52 am

    This kid is the true hero not that idiot sheriff or the F-bomb kid Hogg!

  6. Emmett Anderson

    April 8, 2018 at 3:34 am

    One gun and one teacher could kept a lot of these kids alive. WAKE UP USE SOME COMMON SENSE.

  7. chuck lanning

    April 8, 2018 at 3:56 am

    ITS SLOWLY COMING OUT ABOUT ISRAEL AND HIS CHICKEN HOUSE..PLUS ALL OFFICIALS THAT WERE WARNED..AND WE WILL LEARN THAT GEORGE SOROS AND A BUNCH OF POLITICIANS ARE BEHIND ALL SCHOOL SHOOTINGS..IN ORDER FOR SOCIALISM TO WIN THEY NEED TO TAKE THE GUNS..WHAT BETTER THAN SCHOOL SHOOTINGS?? IT REALLY GOT GOING UNDER OBAMA AND HILLARY AND DEAR OLD GEORGE SOROS PAYING THE BILL..IF THERE WAS AS MUCH EFFORT TO BUST PROTESTERS AND NUT CASES LIKE I ALSO ASK WHY THE GOVERNOR OR RUBIO HAVEN’T FIRED THE SHERIFFS DEPT??

  8. MJ

    April 8, 2018 at 4:11 am

    The people in this country better wake up before it’s too late. Why is so many Senators and Congressmen and Mayors pushing for gun control? Why are we allowing them to use our children to push their agenda? Obama, George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Kamillia Harris, Maxine Waters the list goes on and on. The professors in colleges, the teachers all have access to our children’s minds but we as voters hold the power and money if we would just use it. All these protesters trying to change everything about this country need to hear loudly those of us that still believe in our Constitutional rights. This young man has paid an enormous price because of the failures of the people we trusted to protect us from this type of lawlessness. I am shocked that the parents of all these students haven’t demanded the Sheriff’s firing as well as the others that turned their back on these children. That is where it should begin.

  9. Nick Carter

    April 8, 2018 at 4:20 am

    I would like to see the Sherrif and his officers jailed and their homes sold to compensate these children.

  10. Kittyk

    April 8, 2018 at 4:55 am

    How could an officer of the law, a human being, stand there waiting, knowing that children and teachers are being gunned down in cold blood?!

  11. Joy

    April 8, 2018 at 5:53 am

    I’d like to give this heroic young man – whose “soccer career” is sidelined at present, if not ruined forever – to know that he could still be a part of soccer after he fully recovers (please God, let that be true!!), but know that as tough as it is to understand – or even accept! – now, I do believe that God led him to that spot to save lives, and this in itself will illuminate all the rest of the days of his life. He will grow and become a wonderful citizen, but, of course, it’s tough as hell now. Just give him patience – and faith! – Lord! His life has enormous potential that will only bring him love and satisfaction if he doesn’t allow sidelining of a (possible) career in soccer to dim his view and make his heart of stone.

    • Bonnie

      April 8, 2018 at 7:43 am

      Sounds like another questionable story. We just watched the true story movie ” I Only Imagine” that pretty much shows all things are seen an known by a higher power. Those paid …who swear an oath to uphold our Constitutions laws swear to this higher power…not to those who contradict their oath by telling them to stand down and not do their job to protect innocents.

  12. Ron Hunter

    April 8, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Some people in authority need to be replaced, starting with the Sheriff, and his deputies who stood by while this rampage went on! This looks very much like a set up. Some large law suits are sure to follow.

  13. JCLincoln

    April 8, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Sheriff Israel should be shot 5 times to know what this young man went through. Then he should be FIRED AND LOSE HIS PENSION.
    This MUST have been a contrived event. Maybe Sheriff Israel had secret agreement with the REAL shooter (the FBI agent) not to go in until the FBI agent was done with his killing spree.

    • paulette

      April 8, 2018 at 11:39 pm

      @JCL,THEY WERE TOLD TO STAND WON FOR MAX KILL,CHECK OUT THE VID WITH THE SHERIFF AND HIS DEPUTIES IN A MOSQUE PRAISING ALLAH SHOWING MUSLIMS HOW TO SHOOT A GUN AND MORE THE VIDS ARE ON YOUTUBE FOR ALL TO SEE,MUSLIMS DONT LAY DOWN THEY’RE LIFE FOR AN INFIDEL

  14. Gary Beers

    April 8, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    I tried sharing this article on Facebook. They censored it, calling it spam. There is no free flow of information on that site.

    • paulette

      April 8, 2018 at 11:40 pm

      @GARY,YEA FAKEBOOK WONT ALLOW ANY CONSERVITIVE STUFF TO BE POSTED

  15. Raymond Ivy

    April 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Why aren’t there protests and pickets at the FBI and Sheriffs depts instead of trying to disarm law abiding citizens ? Can’t get Soros to pay for them ?

  16. paulette

    April 8, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    WHEN IS THE TRUTH GOING TO COME OUT AS TO WHY THOSE COPS STAYED OUTSIDE,GO WATCH ALL THE VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE WITH SHERIFF ISRAEL AND HIS DEPUTIES AT A MOSQUE GIVING GLORY TO ALLAH SPEAKING IN THEY’RE LANGUAGE TEACHING THEM HOW TO SHOOT A GUN,ECT GO WATCH THE VIDS AND THE YOU WILL KNOW WHY,MUSLIMS WONT LAY DOWN THEY’RE LIFE FOR AN INFEDEL,THE COWARD COUNTY POLICE ARE AS CORRUPT AS THEY COME,GO GOOGLE HOW MANY COMPLAINTS THEY HAVE OF INHUMANE DEALINGS AND LAWSUITS THEY HAVE HAD,THEY WERE TOLD TO STAND DOWN FOR MAXIMUM KILL,AGENDA TO GO AFTER GUNS,THEY USED CRUZ AND THERES WITNESSES,A TEACHER WHO SAW A MILITARY DRESSES MAN IN THE HALLWAY SHOOTING,WITNESSES THAT SAW CRUZ IN THE HALLWAY LISTENING TO SHOTS BEING FIRED,A FALSE FLAG FOR GUN GRAB.

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