Anthony Borges, 15, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The teenager was shot five times during the massacre on Valentine’s Day that killed 17 students. Borges is being credited with saving the lives of at least 20 other students. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
The first, but likely not the last, lawsuit has been filed as a result of the Parkland, Fla. shooting that claimed the lives of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day.
15-year-old Anthony Borges, who herded students into a classroom and was shot 5 times as he closed the door, leading to injuries severe enough to prevent him walking, has joined his family in a lawsuit alleging the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the school resource officer, the Broward County school district, and the principal at MSD High School failed to adequately protect students that fateful February day.
In a two-page notice filed Monday, the Borges family’s attorney says the authorities were negligent whey they failed to provide adequate security to protect their charges and employees — the students and faculty/staff — while on school grounds.
‘The failure of Broward County Public Schools, and of the principal and school resource officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent,’ attorney Alex Arreaza wrote in the lawsuit notice on Monday. ‘Such action or inaction led to the personal injuries sustained by my client.’
Arreaza said Borges’ medical bills for injuries that have left him immobile and incapable of performing some rudimentary tasks by himself will ultimately exceed $1 million. The family is seeking recompense for those bills and damages to be determined at a later date.
Borges is hailed a hero by classmates who say he used his body to shield them as they ran into an unlocked classroom and were sprayed by bullets. Borges then, using Boy Scouts training, fashioned a tourniquet to stanch his excessive bleeding, probably saving his own life.
Broward County Sheriff’s Office officers, meanwhile, waited outside the school and were instructed to form a perimeter rather than enter the facility after the shooting started, leaving victims like Borges to fend for themselves.
“These kids at this school were let down at just about every level,” Mr. Arreaza told the Miami Herald. “They were failed by the school; they were failed by [the Broward Sheriff’s Office]; they were failed by the people who had knowledge of this going on.”