On Wednesday, February 14, a gunman killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The needless deaths of so many is a terrible tragedy, and our nation will remember this latest school shooting as a low point in the ongoing epidemic of gun violence. But even as struggle to process such horrible acts, there are men and women who rise to meet them in the moment. Anthony Borges, 15, is one such man.
Borges used his body to hold a door shut, protecting the 20 people inside, though the gunman shot him five times through the door.
The internet is rallying behind this true hero.
Still in the hospital, Borges is regaining health and receiving the occasional visitor.
Though we tend to focus on the shooter, let's not forget people like Anthony.
So glad he is recovering. I’ve heard of so few of the wounded. He’s in my thoughts for a full recovery. And as much healing as possible for the scars that will never show. May the Universe grant him a long, happy, and full life.— Sheri Akhurst 🌊🌊🌊🇺🇸🇺🇸✌🏻 (@sheriakhurst) February 19, 2018
Twitter is urging some other visitors to help raise Borges's spirits.
The cast of the Black Panthers should go see him!!! He's a hero!!!— Ranger Lora (@Rangerlora) February 19, 2018
I was thinking same thing! What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world. #BlackPanther #ParklandShooting hero— Snow JiaoShou (@EFournierPhD) February 19, 2018
What do you think @chadwickboseman @ForestWhitaker @DanaiGurira @danielkaluuya @Lupita_Nyongo ?? pic.twitter.com/CvbnmXRUMK
Borges is inspiring everyone who hears of his actions.
Same. I need to take a break from the keyboard because reading about these kids is shattering. And yet their friends and family have to live with it, so who am I to look away?— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 19, 2018
Maybe someday we'll live in a world where heroism like his isn't necessary.
Feel well soon, Anthony. The debt of gratitude we owe you as a nation will be a hard one to repay.
Perhaps, as a start, we can take steps to stop disasters like this from ever happening again.
As the Parkland community and the country grieve, names and details of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting are gradually emerging. Here is some of what is known about the students and administrators who were killed in the tragedy.https://t.co/xw1b4UHqt9— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) February 15, 2018