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PLANTATION (CBSMiami) — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Anthony Borges and his family held a news conference in Plantation Friday evening where he blamed BSO Sheriff Scott Israel and Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie for failing students and faculty.

anthony borges Both Of You Failed Us: Florida School Shooting Hero Blames Sheriff, Superintendent

Anthony Borges (CBS4)

“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,” read his attorney Alex Arreaza.

Arreaza said Anthony, 15, lays blame for the shooting at the feet of Sheriff Israel and Runcie for not doing more to prevent self-confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz from being able to be in the school that day.

Borges’ statement says school officials allowed Cruz to continue attending school even after realizing he was dangerous.

“I want to ask you today to end your policy and agreement that you will not arrest people committing crimes in our school,” Anthony said in the statement.

This comment in reference to Broward County’s Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support & Education Program or PROMISE Program. The program is designed to allow students who commit minor crimes at school to receive counseling and other treatment rather than go to jail.

Even though Runcie has said that Cruz was not part of the PROMISE program, the Borges family has serious concerns about the program which discourages the arrests of students for certain offenses.

In addition, Anthony spoke to the families of the deceased victims.

“They were not as fortunate to survive as I was. I don’t know why I survived and they didn’t but I will tell you that my family and I will dedicate our lives to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. To the other injured, I hope you are recovering well. We have the responsibility to tell the world what happened here,” Arreaza read.

Borges was shot five times. He was released Wednesday morning from Broward Health Medical Center after nine surgeries. The teen is credited with saving the lives of 20 classmates by attempting to close and lock a classroom door during the shooting.

The Borges family also said that while they are grateful for the hero label that Anthony received after helping to protect his classmates they would like to see that end. Instead, they say they want to focus on the failures within the system that allowed law enforcement to miss warning signs on Cruz.

Comments (5)
  1. zinnsand21 says:

    Terrible tragedy. So many failed those kids on so many levels.. It was a comedy, excuse me a tragedy of errors..

  2. Joshua Noyb says:

    SCOTUS has ruled multiple times that the police can not be sued for failing to protect an individual. Since the police failed to protect a group of people and due to the failures all across the board, the people that are responsible for the failures should be held accountable.

  3. Sly Coy says:

    So Nikolas Cruz is self confessed now? Well that’s cool. Have any of the kids come forward and said they recognized Cruz as the shooter? I know that Hogg claimed it was him during his “lockdown video” but his testimony is suspect. Anthony Borges would be a good person to verify it was really the correct person.

  4. As a retired teacher of 37 years and a retired chief LEO I think I can put this in l prospective. While I taught physics during the school year I worked as a LEO during the summer. When I retired from teaching I applied and got the chiefs job for my department. From these two points of view the local police failed miserably. Not only did they not act on Intel they received both about Cruz and his desire to be a school shooter they failed to protect students by not going into the school immediately upon their arrival. After Columbine LEO were taught to go in to stop the shooter. They were to ignore the injured and their main goal was to eliminate the threat. I was taught this and I believe every cop was taught this not only in the classroom but in practice situations. The FBI also was tone death in ignoring warning they received.
    The school administration provided targets fro Cruz with their open door policy and a poor monitoring of school doors. It is my hope that these weaknesses will be addressed. Stop blaming the second amendment and firearms. If the school had an armed guard instead of a man who ended up being a bullet stop thing would have been different.

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