A Parkland student, who has been hailed a legend in the wake of being extremely injured from protecting his classmates amid the Florida secondary school shooting, has stood up out for the first time after the slaughter that left 17 individuals dead.
Anthony Borges, 15, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been named “Iron Man” after he selflessly blockaded a classroom entryway close with his body to secure the lives of 20 different students when Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire at the school on February 14, this year.
Borges was shot five times and endured genuine wounds to his lungs, mid-region, and legs. He was discharged from the healing center on Wednesday, April 4. Two days after being discharged from the hospital Borges took an interest to participate in a press conference to express his worries about the shooting.
He sat silently in his wheelchair, excessively weak, making it impossible to talk, as his lawyer read out the high schooler’s announcement on his behalf.
In the announcement, the high schooler laid the fault for the slaughter of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Superintendent Robert Runcie.
He said in his statement,”
“I know I’ve been called Iron Man and while I’m honored to be called this, I am not,” his attorney read.
“I am a 15-year-old that was shot five times while Broward sheriffs deputies waited outside and decided that they weren’t going to come into the building.
“I ask you today to make a commitment to protect the students and teachers and provide a safe learning environment.”
“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,” the statement read.
“I want to ask you today to please end your policy and agreement that you will not arrest people committing crimes in our school.
“I want all of us to move forward and end the environment that allows people like Nikolas Cruz to fall through the cracks. You knew he was a problem years ago and you did nothing.” He added.