WATCH: Parkland Hero Released From Hospital Slams Sheriff, Superintendent
On Friday, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Anthony Borges slammed Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie for failing to keep students safe, and for acting cowardly during the February massacre.
Borges’ remarks, which came during a press conference held by his family, were delivered by his attorney, Alex Arreaza, CBS Miami reported.
“To Sheriff Israel of the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Robert Runcie, the Superintendent of schools in Broward, I want to thank you for visiting me at the hospital, but I want to say that both of you failed us, students, teachers and parents alike, on so many levels,” Arreaza said, reading from Borges’ statement.
“I want to ask you today to end your policy and agreement that you will not arrest people committing crimes in our school,” Borges continued in his statement.
Borges, who was shot five times, was released from the hospital this last Wednesday after undergoing nine surgeries. CBS Miami notes that he is credited with “saving the lives of 20 classmates by attempting to close and lock a classroom door during the shooting.”
WLWT News reports that over $825,000 has been raised online to help cover the cost of his medical bills which are expected to exceed $1,500,000. His family is reportedly planning to sue the school shooter, his deceased mother’s estate, and the family that took him in. The family has to wait six months before they can sue the police department and the school district due to state law.