Seven weeks after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, one of the hailed heroes of the day, 15-year old Anthony Borges, went home from the hospital, where the tab for his survival is over $1.5 million, a sum the family will need to pay. Injuries to his legs, lungs, and various other parts of his body have taken his hopes of a soccer career.
On Friday night, Borges held a press conference from his wheelchair, but he did not speak. Instead, his lawyer, Alex Arreaza, read a statement from Borges slamming the Broward County School District and Sheriff Scott Israel.
“I know I’ve been called Iron Man,” his lawyer said. “While I’m honored to be called this, I am not. I’m a 15-year-old who’s been shot five times, while Broward Sheriff’s deputies waited outside and decided that they weren’t going to come in the building.”
Then Borges addressed Israel and School Superintendent Robert Runcie directly:
“I want to thank you for visiting me in the hospital. But I want to say that both of you failed us students and parents and teachers alike on so many levels.
I want to ask you today to please end your policy and agreement that you do not arrest people committing crimes at our schools. I want all of us to move forward and end the environment that allowed people like Nikolas Cruz to fall through the cracks. You knew he was a problem years ago and you did nothing.”
At this point, recriminations will do nothing without concrete action, and none seems to be forthcoming. Why that is the case is the question that really does need to be asked and answered if the school shooting issues are ever to be solved.