Student who saved 20 others during Parkland shooting calls out local leaders

Anthony Borges, 15, is credited with saving 20 other students during the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018. He is seen here at an April 7, 2018 press conference after nine surgeries. (WTVJ photo)
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PARKLAND, Fla. (WTVJ) - A student who was seriously hurt during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had strong words for law enforcement and school officials.

In a statement read by his attorney, 15-year-old Anthony Borges called out Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie.

"I know I've been called Iron Man and while I'm honored to be called this, I am not," the statement said. "I am a 15-year-old that was shot five times while Broward Sheriff's deputies waited outside and decided that they weren't going to come into the building."

Borges, who is using a wheelchair because of his injuries, thanked them for visiting him in the hospital, but says they failed him and his classmates. He says officials should have known shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a threat because of previous criminal behavior, yet the system did nothing.

The teen is credited with saving the lives of 20 of his classmates by trying to close and lock a classroom door during the shooting.

"All of us are facing PTSD, all of us are talking to therapists, all of us are experiencing things that no student should ever feel," another student, Carlos Rodriguez, said. "There's pain in our hearts. We've been scarred for the rest of our lives and if Anthony's voice isn't valued then we're going to feel worse than we already do."

Borges was shot five times and released from the hospital Wednesday morning after nine surgeries. His family has filed a lawsuit against authorities seeking the cost of his recovery.

Sheriff Israel says the department is investigating if deputies responded the way the were supposed to.

Seventeen students and adults died in the February 14 shooting.