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This Teenager Was Shot 5 Times During The Florida School Shooting While Protecting A Room Full Of People

It has been six days since the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead. As the time goes by, more details of what happened in the south Florida school keep coming to light, as well as the actions by some to save their classmates and students. There are the three students — part of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps — who died saving fellow students. Aaron Feis, a coach and security guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who jumped in front of incoming shots aimed at his students. Anthony Borges, a 15-year-old, student, put himself in danger to protect his classmates and survived the shooting.

Anthony Borges is a student and soccer player for Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School and was shot in the back and legs protecting 20 of his classmates.

Anthony was shot 5 times as he held the door closed to prevent the shooter from entering the room where he and 20 classmates were hiding. Anthony attempted to lock the door behind him, but as the gunman began firing, Anthony stood in the doorway.

In an interview with “Good Morning America,” Anthony’s best friend Carlos Rodriguez said that his friend took quick action when no one else could move.

“None of us knew what to do. So, he took the initiative to just save his other classmates,” Rodriguez said.

Anthony’s story of protecting his classmates has resonated with a lot of people on social media.

Maddie Ziegler from “Dance Moms” was so moved by his sacrifice that she is collecting get well soon cards for the teenager.

Anthony’s dad, Royer Borges, told ABC that his son is in stable condition after hours of surgery.

“He’s my hero,” Royer told to ABC. “I only ask that people pray for him.”

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel paid a special visit to see Anthony after his surgery.

Sheriff Israel was honored to visit Anthony Borges, 15, in the hospital today. His family shared that Anthony was shot…

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The sheriff said in the Facebook post that he was honored to visit Anthony, who faces a long road to full recovery.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Anthony and his family. In just four days, they’ve been able to raise more than $450,000 at the time of this story.

In an interview with “Un Dia Nuevo,” Royer disclosed his son’s current condition.

Royer explained that his son is recovering well, while one of his legs suffered the most damage. He also said that his son is currently recovering in the same hospital where he was born.

READ: Here’s What We Know About The Alleged School Shooter Nikolas Cruz

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This Latina On Instagram Is Using Art And Social Media To Share Her Journey of Embracing Her Vitiligo

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This Latina On Instagram Is Using Art And Social Media To Share Her Journey of Embracing Her Vitiligo

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Ash Soto is a young Latina living in Florida using social media to bring acceptance and self-love to the vitiligo community. The Instagrammer has more than 166,000 followers and uses her platform to deliver art and activism one post at a time. Vitiligo is a skin condition and this Latina is reclaiming her skin one photo at a time.

Ash Soto is giving the vitiligo community some love and representation on social media.

Soto is a 24-year-old Instagrammer who is using her platform to show off her vitiligo and give the community some love and representation. The sudden social media star is catching a lot of attention after showing off her body in a way followers hadn’t seen before.

According to an interview with Self, Soto first started her Instagram page to do makeup and only showed her face. The reason was that she was uncomfortable showing people that part of herself.

Soto uses art to highlight and celebrate her vitiligo.

You might recognize Soto because of her incredible body art that is giving her vitiligo all of the self-love and acceptance. It is all part of her mission to reclaim her skin and make other people comfortable in theirs.

“I remember back when I was really young—you know when you’re in middle school, you try to fit in with the crowd,” Soto told Self. “I wasn’t fitting in. People made fun of me to the point where I would cry myself to sleep every night.”

Soto was young when she was diagnosed with vitiligo.

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Vitiligo is a skin condition where a person loses the pigmentation of their skin. The cells in the skin that produce the pigmentation die or stop functioning leading to the loss of skin color over time. The disease shows up as splotches on the skin without pigmentation.

“I never realized how beautiful my vitiligo was until I traced it with a black marker, it really helps to bring out the different colors of my skin. I was always trying to find a way to look at my skin in a positive light, [and] I couldn’t do that before starting this,” Soto told Daily Mail. Now what others would perceive as an imperfection, I have made into something more beautiful and made it more accepted than before.”

Soto has been living with her vitiligo since she was 12 years old.

A moment in her teens made her embarrassed of her body and her skin. When she was a teenager, a little girl on the beach asked her if she took a shower in bleach. According to Daily Mail, that was when Soto wanted to lock herself away from the world.

Years later, Soto is flipping the script and embracing her vitiligo in all of its glory. You can follow Soto and her vitiligo journey on Instagram at @radiantbambi.

“If you feel beautiful, that’s what matters,” Soto told Self. “No one can say anything if you feel happy with yourself.”

READ: At Just 6 Years Old, She Told Her Parents To Put An End To The Birthmark Removal Treatments She Was Going Through

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Florida AG Calls For Investigation Into Mike Bloomberg After He Paid Fines For Felons To Vote

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Florida AG Calls For Investigation Into Mike Bloomberg After He Paid Fines For Felons To Vote

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Mike Bloomberg promised during his campaign that he would help the Democratic nominee get elected. The former mayor of New York City is following through on his promise and his first focus is on Florida.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is spending money to help get Joe Biden elected.

During the 2020 campaign, Mike Bloomberg promised to spend his money and use his time to help elect the Democratic nominee. Many at the time were skeptical at the claim but Bloomberg is following through. The philanthropist and businessman is spending millions to advance his cause in Florida.

This is just the beginning of Bloomberg’s work in Florida to defeat President Trump. The New York politician has pledged to spend $100 million to help Biden win Florida. This includes ad buys and other ways to promote Biden within the Sunshine State.

Bloomberg recently raised $16 million to help get felons their right to vote back.

In 2018, Floridian voted in favor of reinstating the voting right of former felons who served their time. Governor Ron DeSantis immediately went to work stopping the voters’ choice and set up roadblocks to prevent former felons from voting. One of those roadblocks was making former felons pay all of their fines and fees before getting their right to vote back.

Bloomberg was able to raise enough money to pay off the fines and fees for 31,000 former felons in Florida. There are more than 1 million currently trying to get their right to vote back. Part of the problem with the fines and fees is that the state of Florida is not compelled to tell felons how to pay the fees nor that they have the fees.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is calling for an investigation.

Moody, a Republican elected in 2018, called for an investigation into Bloomberg’s donation to restore the voting rights of thousands. The investigation is designed to see if Bloomberg violated any election laws.

“Today, I sent a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation into potential violations of election laws,” Moody said in a statement on Wednesday. “And I have instructed the Statewide Prosecutor to work with law enforcement and any Statewide Grand Jury that the Governor may call.”

People want Bloomberg to do the same in other states.

Bloomberg committed to helping the Democrats win the White House in 2020 because of damage created by the Trump administration. Bloomberg’s sudden involvement in Florida highlights Bloomberg’s willingness to follow up on his word. Bloomberg’s initiative helped the felons with less than $1,500 in penalty fees and had already applied for their voting rights to be restored.

Remember, your vote is your voice. Make sure you are registered to vote and get your friends registered too. Go to IWillVote.com or VoyaVotar.com and text TODOS to 30330 today to learn what choices you have to vote in your community and get information on where and when to vote.

READ: Joe Biden And President Donald Trump Are Battling It Out For Florida’s Crucial Latino Vote

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