(National Sentinel) Victimized: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Anthony Borges, who was shot five times during the Feb. 14 shooting rampage, says he will file suit against the school “to cover the cost of his recovery.”
Borges claims in his suit that the school district — along with armed school resource officer Scot Peterson and the Broward County Sheriff’s Department — failed to protect him and fellow students during an attacked by alleged shooter and former student Nikolas Cruz, the UK’s Daily Mail reports.
“The failure of Broward County Public Schools, and of the principal and school resource officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent,” attorney Alex Arreaza wrote in the lawsuit notice on Monday. “Such action or inaction led to the personal injuries sustained by my client.”
The paper said that the Borges suit is liable to be the first of many filed by survivors and parents whose children were killed. The suit says Borges’ medical bills will easily top $1 million. Arreaza said they will seek other compensation at a later date.
Borges, earlier reports noted, used his body to shield 20 other students. He was shot five times in the process.
As earlier reports noted, high school senior Brandon Huff told WSVN that Broward Sheriff resource officer Peterson hid behind a stairwell and “pointed his gun at nothing” as the shooting rampage continued. Huff said he rushed back into the school building to find and save his girlfriend.
“She texted me, ‘There is a shooter in the room. I love you,’ so I freaked out. I dropped everything in my hands,” Huff said, who added that he heard shots as he rushed inside.
“The school resource officer was behind a stairwell wall, just standing there, and he had his gun drawn, and he was just pointing it at the building,” Huff said. “Shots started going off inside, and you could hear them going off over and over again.
“He was pointing his gun at nothing. He was pointing his gun just at the building with kids in it, and he was just talking on the radio, and he never did anything for four minutes,” Huff said.
Huff said Peterson was behind a stairwell in an adjacent building during the shooting, WSVN reported.
“He’s the only one with a gun,” Huff said. “He’s wearing a bulletproof vest, he has all that while school security guards, coaches were running in shielding kids — Coach Feis, Hixon were running in, shielding kids from bullets and losing their lives while he did nothing.”
Peterson wasn’t the only law enforcement officer who failed to act. The National Sentinel noted that at least three Broward County deputies arrived outside of the school as the attack continued to unfold and staged there.
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