By Onan Coca
One the real victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Anthony Borges, was finally released from the hospital on Friday and boy, did he have a lot to say about the people who failed him and his classmates.
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Borges, who was shot five times as he attempted to lock out the crazed school shooter in Parkland, Florida in an effort to save some 20 of his classmates from the violent attack, is still recovering from the shooting but is ready to speak out about what really happened that day.
His attorney, Alex Arreaza, read his clients’ statement as he was being released from the hospital.
“To Sheriff Israel of the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Robert Runcie, the Superintendent of schools in Broward, I want to thank you for visiting me at the hospital, but I want to say that both of you failed us, students, teachers and parents alike, on so many levels. I want to ask you today to end your policy and agreement that you will not arrest people committing crimes in our school.”
Borges, too weak to talk, sat silently in a wheelchair with his right leg propped up. His statement specifically attacked the Promise program, a school district and sheriff office initiative that allows students who commit minor crimes on campus to avoid arrest if they complete rehabilitation. Runcie has said shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, a former Stoneman Douglas student, was never in the program, but Borges and his attorney, Alex Arreaza, said school and sheriff’s officials knew Cruz was dangerous.
Deputies received at least a dozen calls about Cruz, 19, over the years and he spent two years in a school for children with emotional and disciplinary problems before being allowed to transfer to Stoneman Douglas. Last year, records show, he was forced to leave after incidents — other students said he abused an ex-girlfriend and fought her new boyfriend. Weeks before the shooting, both the FBI and the sheriff’s office received calls saying Cruz could become a school shooter but took no action.
Runcie and Israel “failed us students, teachers and parents alike on so many levels,” Arreaza read for Borges, who sat next to his father, Roger. “I want all of us to move forward to 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. He should have never been in school with us.”
If you’re unsure of what Borges is talking about, and why he blames Sheriff Israel and the Broward County Schools superintendent, then you haven’t read the shocking story that we broke, back in February.
We discovered that the shooting at Douglas High School was entirely avoidable, but happened because of the leftwing policies put into place by the Broward County School District and their accomplices at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. These policies allowed Nikolas Cruz to run afoul of the law on more than 30 different occasions (including acts of extreme violence), and still pass a background check when he went to purchase his gun.
In the wake of the Douglas High School shooting, these problems should be too big to hide.
Sadly, instead of covering the ongoing corruption of the law that has been happening in Miami-Dade and Broward counties since 2012, the media has chosen to focus their fire on gun control.
Instead of worrying about guns, the media should be asking how could local police pay 39 different visits (Broward Police claim it was “only” 23 visits) to one student without that student ever spending significant time in prison or a psychiatric ward. They should be asking why the local police wouldn’t share information about this high school kid with social services or other law enforcement agencies.
The truth is that our laws and law enforcement procedures were enough to stop the Douglas High School shooting before it ever happened, but because of the corruption sowed by the Broward County School District and local police leaders, those laws and procedures were ignored.
If the procedures (and laws) had been followed, Cruz would have never been allowed to purchase a gun. He would have likely already been incarcerated, and he never would have had the opportunity to kill 17 people.
This case isn’t about guns. And the answer isn’t more gun control.
This case is about school districts lying to their families in an effort to get more money and more political influence. It’s about local police forces being willing to ignore crime and refusing to abide by the laws that they promised they would uphold. It’s about government failures at every level and how that corruption and failure led to the death of 17 innocent people.
Don’t let the media sell you some sob story about how we need more gun control in this country. This is all about corrupt politicians and money.
In the aftermath of the shooting much of this got lost in the din of media coverage, mostly because the media focused on David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, and their anti-gun leftist benefactors.
The media’s laser-like focus on gun control caused them to miss the most disturbing elements about what really happened in Parkland, even as the victims families and students like Kyle Kashuv, tried to refocus the conversation on the real problems in Broward County.
Hopefully, with heroes like Anthony Borges speaking out, the media will recalibrate and lay the blame where it really belongs – at the feet of the criminal who committed the violent act, and the liberal politicians who enabled him.
Republished with permission Eagle Rising
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Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.