A Douglas Student Took Bullets To Save His Classmates. He's 15 And Being Hailed As A Hero.

“None of us knew what to do. So, he took the initiative."

There was no shortage of heroes during the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that took the lives of 17 students and teachers, and now one such hero is being recognized for risking his own life to save others.

People reports that 15-year-old Anthony Borges, who is a student at Douglas, was shot five times as he shielded his fellow classmates from gunfire. According to survivors, as the gunman fired his weapon, Borges and other students ducked into a classroom to hide. When the gunman got closer to their location, Borges placed his body between him and the other students. 

"None of us knew what to do. So, he took the initiative to just save his other classmates," Borges best friend, Carlos Rodriguez, told ABC's Good Morning America. He added that Borges was the last of 20 students who sought refuge in that classroom, and said his friend was attempting to lock the door when he was shot. Even after Borges was shot, Rodriguez recalled his pal managed to hold his ground in the doorway, sandwiching his body between the bullets and his classmates, who all survived uninjured.


Though Borges, a soccer player, lived through the shooting and is in stable condition, the five bullets he took in defense of his classmates have left him with extensive damage to his back and both legs. He has already undergone several surgeries, and still faces a long road to recovery

To help offset mounting medical costs, a family friend started a GoFundMe page, and people from around the country have been donating whatever they can to help. In fact, after easily meeting the initial $5,000 goal, the fundraiser is well on its way to collecting the requested $700,000, having already amassed nearly $450,000. 

Soccer star Landon Donovan even encouraged his Twitter followers to donate whatever they could, writing on Twitter earlier this week, "One of our own was a hero last week and needs our help." 

Borges also received a visit from Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Feb. 18. In a Twitter post from that day, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Israel was "honored" to visit the teen. 

The post also stated that though Borges is recovering from his injuries, he has "a long road ahead with more surgeries needed."

As Borges' father, Royer Borges, said of his son to ABC News, "He's my hero."


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