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As students who survived the shooting in Parkland, Florida, continue to share their stories, many have emerged about their heroic efforts to save their peers.
One hero, Anthony Borges, was shot five times as he attempted to close and lock the door to a classroom. His efforts saved the lives of at least 20 other students, according to reports from his friends.
The family of Borges—who was shot in both of his legs, his left upper thigh bone, and on his back—has since needed help paying for his hospital bill, so Sarah Caputo launched a GoFundMe, asking for just a humble $5,000.
People on the internet rallied together behind Borges and with the help of 6,000 shares on Facebook and Twitter, the crowdfunding campaign has raised a whopping $120,000 in just three days.
In addition to raising funds for his recovery, people on Twitter have shared their support for the 15-year-old.
The Sheriff was honored to visit Anthony Borges,15, in the hospital. Anthony was shot five times. Fortunately, he is recovering, but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed. Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all others from #StonemanDouglas. pic.twitter.com/U0PVkEwpFZ
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 18, 2018
How does a person ignore their sense of self preservation to do something as astonishing as this? Shielding others from harm with your one and only life is the very definition of heroism. I know I will never be as brave as Anthony Borges was that day. He’s truly a super hero. https://t.co/tWdHYvaFUK
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 19, 2018
I am just overwhelmed at this story. This young man saved 20 kids. He saved 20 kids! He took 5 bullets. This is rare bravery. You never know when you’ll be called on. At 15 Anthony Borges proved his character. Man, did he ever.
— alice krussow (@KrussowAlice) February 19, 2018
Now that is what real hero looks like. No guns. No body armour. No helmet. Just a huge heart. Well done #AnthonyBorges
— Sir Scotchmistery (@Scotchmistery) February 19, 2018
Unfortunately, many other students who were forced to defend themselves and their peers during the shooting last week did not survive. Petitions have begun circulating for those students—such as Peter Wang, a 15-year-old who died holding the door open for others as they fled the high school—to be honored for their actions.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.