As the nation is still reeling from the most recent school shooting, there have been numerous stories of courageous acts that took place as 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz terrorized his former high school classmates. One 15-year-old student put the life of his classmates before his own. He is now fighting for his life.
Anthony Borges, a soccer player at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been hailed as a hero after he saved 20 students from being killed last week.
He was shot fives times and is currently still in the hospital. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel made a special appearance to shake the hand of the young man who saved so many.
According to USA Today, when the gunfire began to erupt inside the school, Borges gathered fear-stricken students together and got them into a nearby classroom.
Borges was the last student to enter the classroom. The Daily Mail reported Borges was shot in each leg, one shot shattering a thigh bone. He was also shot in the back as he turned to close the door.
Anthony’s father, Royer detailed the bone-chilling phone call he got from his son after he was shot. “He just called me and says, ‘Dad, somebody shot me in the back and my leg, too.'”
As he was fighting back tears, Royer told ABC News: “He’s my hero.” One of the students Anthony helped save, Carlos Rodriguez, echoed similar sentiments by stating: “None of us knew what to do,” Carlos recalled. “He took the initiative to just save his other classmates.”
Sheriff Israel’s social media account explained that the teen is in good spirits, but he isn’t out of the woods yet. “Fortunately, he is recovering, but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed.”
Since being hospitalized, a gofundme was created to help the Borges family with medical expenses. The initial goal of $5,000 was surpassed almost immediately and over $100,000 has been raised.