Shooting survivor who used his body as shield to save kids plans to sue school, others over massacre

Shooting survivor who used his body as shield to save kids plans to sue school, others over massacre
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Anthony Borges, a 15-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, reportedly has plans to sue the school over the Valentine’s day massacre.

Borges reportedly used his body as a shield in an attempt to save the lives of other students during the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

What are the details?

The Sun-Sentinel reported on Tuesday that Borges — who was shot twice in the torso and and three times in the legs — and his family, along with the Borges family attorney, Alex Arreaza, filed an “intent to file claim.”

A portion of the letter called out “[t]he 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.”

“Such action or inaction led to the personal injuries sustained by my client,” the letter continued.

According to USA Today, the Borges sent the notice to Broward County, Sheriff Scott Israel, Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, and the state financial risk management division.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that the Borges intend to seek an unspecified amount of monetary damages on a future date.

Arreaza said that Borges, while recovering, is still unable to walk as a result of the injuries he sustained in the shooting.

“By the grace of God he’s not No. 18,” Arreaza said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “But it’s going to be a tough recovery. … It’s a miracle that we’re even talking about recovery.”

According to the Miami Herald, Arreaza said that Borges fashioned his own tourniquet after being shot to stem the tide of his own blood.

“There could have been a lot more done to prevent this tragedy,” Arreaza added.