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

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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…

Posted by Broward Sheriff's Office on Sunday, February 18, 2018

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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Lalo Alcaraz Has Painted Emma Gonzalez, The Face Of The Gun Control Debate, And Here's How People Are Reacting

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Lalo Alcaraz Has Painted Emma Gonzalez, The Face Of The Gun Control Debate, And Here’s How People Are Reacting

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One of the most impactful moments since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, is that of Emma Gonzalez calling BS on politicians and gun laws. The 18-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is leading the fight against school violence. The teenager has become the face of a new movement of young people demanding change on gun laws.

Emma Gonzalez became a viral sensation after her impassioned speech at a Feb. 17 rally following the Florida school shooting.

People across the world heard her words that were directed at the National Rifle Association (NRA) and President Donald Trump. One of those people captivated by Emma’s passion and determination to create a safe environment for children was illustrator Lalo Alcaraz.

Lalo Alcaraz was so moved by Gonzalez and her speech that he created an illustration of her.

CREDIT: Lalo Alcaraz

“I was awed by her speech, and by all of the courage and responsibility these young people have taken on,” Alcaraz said. “I had been thinking about it for a day or so after I watched her, and then someone on Facebook nudged me and said ‘WE NEED AN EMMA CARTOON FROM YOU.'”

As soon as the image went live, people have been sharing Alcaraz’ illustration of Gonzalez everywhere.

CREDIT: Twitter/@katwardphoto

Alcaraz admits that it took more than one attempt to capture the emotion he saw in Gonzalez that day.

“I drew a realistic version of her, and I tossed it,” Alcaraz said. “I then did a quick caricature that I hoped would capture her anger and determination, her loss of innocence — that all these kids had just gone through as well and I think it worked.”

People are sharing photos of themselves with Gonzalez’ drawing all over social media.

Alcaraz has posted his own photos of fans using his art in protests recently.

“The response has been overwhelming to say the least,” Alcaraz tells mitú. “People need a rallying image, I hope this one helps the movement.”

Even Gonzalez herself tweeted the image and loves it.

Alcaraz said he is very relieved and honored to know Gonzalez approved of his illustration.

As of now, the image of Gonzalez can be printed for free but Alcaraz adds that he is currently redesigning the image for a t-shirt printing after fans demanded them. He said the new image will have the Never Again hashtag, and will be available for purchase on his online Art Shop.

He also added that all proceeds from sales of this t-shirt will go towards the Never Again movement or a gun control activist group.

Alcaraz hopes the t-shirts will be ready to go by the time Gonzalez and countless more take to the streets for the March of Our Lives demonstration taking place on March 24 in Washington D.C. and across the nation.

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

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