When shots rang out at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, students and teachers did everything they could to stay safe.
Many students hid in locked classrooms and texted their family members, while others evacuated the school.
Tragically, 17 people lost their lives in the mass shooting and many others were injured. Among those who were wounded is 15-year-old Anthony Borges.
Anthony, a soccer player, ran into a classroom to hide when alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire. After entering the room, Anthony tried to lock the door, but he was shot, according to reports from People.
Instead of trying to save himself and hide, Anthony continued barricading the door with his own body. His selfless action ended up saving around 20 of his classmates. The heroic teen was shot five times, but managed to keep the door shut.
Despite his injuries, Anthony survived the shooting is now being hailed as a hero.
Photos: Wikimedia / Kathryn Apland; Facebook / Broward Sheriff’s Office
Anthony Borges, 15, was at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, when shots rang out.
He and other students ran into a classroom to try to hide from the shooter.
Anthony quickly put himself in harm’s way as he barricaded the door with his own body weight.
Another student, Carlos Rodriguez, told ABC News that he survived because of Anthony’s heroic act.
Carlos explained that Anthony was the last student to flee into the classroom, and he was trying to lock the door when he got shot.
Despite his injury, Anthony didn’t leave his post at the door.
Everyone Anthony was protecting made it out uninjured, while Anthony was shot five times.
Anthony’s father said that he took bullets to both legs and his back.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office shared a photo of Anthony on February 18, 2018, and the picture immediately got a lot of attention.
Within just two days, the post had over 24,000 reactions and 17,000 shares.
The Sheriff’s Office wrote:
Sheriff Israel was honored to visit Anthony Borges, 15, in the hospital today. His family shared that Anthony was shot five times in Wednesday’s school attack. Fortunately, he is recovering — but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed.
Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all the other victims of this horrific criminal act.
One person commented on the photo, writing:
I’m sending you my love. It’s a sad day you had to sacrifice your well being because adults won’t do what’s right for us all. Thank goodness you survived. Don’t let this hold you back you’re a great man. And you are the type of person that we need to keep America great. God was with you. I’m so proud of you I can bust. Bless you and your family.
Another person said:
Anthony, we’re praying for a speedy and full recovery. You’re very courageous and people throughout the country and world are proud of you for being so brave! Prayers, blessings and love for you and all of your loved ones.
Anthony is truly a hero, and we all hope that he’ll recover quickly.
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The Broward Education Foundation has set up a GoFundMe page to help the families of the Parkland shooting victims. The Broward Sheriff’s Office has said this is the official account to make donations. You can contribute here.