Wednesday 25 April 2018

Hero teen shot five times as he shielded students

Mourners embrace in front of the fence of the school to commemorate the victims of the shooting at Parkland, Florida. Photo: Reuters
Mourners embrace in front of the fence of the school to commemorate the victims of the shooting at Parkland, Florida. Photo: Reuters

Mark Molloy

A teenager shot five times in the Florida school massacre helped save lives by shielding his distraught classmates from the rampaging gunman.

Anthony Borges has been praised for his bravery protecting 20 students by holding a classroom door shut to prevent shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz from entering.

The 15-year-old victim is recovering in hospital following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, which left 17 dead.

A GoFundMe page which has raised more than $70,000 (€56,000) for the victim and his family revealed how he saved students as he attempted to close and lock the classroom door.

"He was shot multiple times (both legs were shot, left upper thigh bone shattered and one bullet went through his back)," wrote the page's creator Sara Caputo.

"He has a long road of recovery ahead of him but he is alive and stable."

Fellow student Carlos Rodriguez told 'Good Morning America' how his friend was calm as text messages among panicked students alerting them to the horror unfolding quickly spread around the school.

"None of us knew what to do, so he just took the initiative to save his other classmates."

Irish Independent

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