Hero Student Took 5 Bullets While Barricading a Classroom Door to Save 20 Friends

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It’s one thing to think about what you would do in the face of an emergency, but it’s another thing to act on. Not many people turn out to be the hero they envision when faced with a life-or-death situation, but one teen certainly was when a gunman tore into his school. As 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz sent bullets through the hallways and fellow classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Anthony Borges was shot multiple times as he actively saved his friends from the same fate.


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Carlos Rodriguez, Borges’s best friend, told ABC News that he is alive because of the 15-year-old’s heroic actions. According to Rodriguez, when the gunfire started, he along with Borges and other peers went running into a classroom. After 20 students fled inside, Borges was the last one in and was trying to lock the door when Cruz started shooting at those who had escaped.

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Borges put his body between his friends and the gunman as he was repeatedly fired at. Rodriguez said that Borges didn’t let the shots stop him and continued to block the doorway as he was shot in his back and legs while shielding everyone else. "None of us knew what to do. So, he took the initiative to just save his other classmates," Rodriguez told Good Morning America.

According to police, Borges took five bullets while barricading the entrance and Rodriguez has no doubt that nobody else in that room was harmed because of Borges’s incredible bravery.

Despite his injuries, Borges survived and is recovering in stable condition. His dad, Royer Borges, shared on GoFundMe that both of his legs were shot, his left upper thigh bone was shattered, and a bullet went through his back.

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Although his son needed hours of surgery, Royer told with ABC News that Borges was able to get in touch with him immediately after the massacre. “He just called me and says, 'Dad, somebody shot me in the back and my leg, too," his dad told ABC News. "He's my hero."    

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