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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…

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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This Video Was Meant To Showcase Schools Reopening But Instead People Are Calling It ‘Depressing’ And ‘Apocalyptic’

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This Video Was Meant To Showcase Schools Reopening But Instead People Are Calling It ‘Depressing’ And ‘Apocalyptic’

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Despite the fact that the U.S. is still in the grips of a full-fledged pandemic, schools across the country are starting to reopen. And with that come a lot of parents who are still incredibly nervous about all of it. Many parents are worried about possible outbreaks and that their kids are being put at risk of getting the virus or of them brining it home and infecting an at-risk family member.

Schools have tried to be reassuring, and are letting parents know that they are going to be doing everything they can to make sure the environment is safe and that they are following all mandates.

One of the ways they are doing this is by releasing educational videos that show parents and students just how a typical day at school may look. One school district in Florida may have had good intentions with their video, but it just ended up terrifying everyone.

A Florida school district released a promotional video on how they’re safely reopening schools, but it didn’t go as planned.

According to BuzzFeedNews, one promotional video put out by a Florida school district is receiving headlines for all the wrong reasons. One parent uploaded the video to TikTok and it’s since gone viral as people compare it to a “prison for kids” and others saying it looks like a scene from “an M. Night Shyamalan movie.” If you have ever seen one of his movies, you know that this is not the type of movie you want to be in.

A video shared by a Florida school district showing examples of what reopening its schools will look has gone viral on TikTok and other social media, with parents and critics decrying it as a “heartbreaking” viewing experience.

The two-minute clip, shared by the School District of Manatee County, is being called ‘heartbreaking’ as it shows students wearing masks and social distancing in classrooms, lunch lines and cafeteria spaces as a protective measure against COVID-19.

The video also shows teachers wearing protective face masks and shields, as well as lab coats, while working with students. Other measures, such as temperature checks and pre-bagged lunches, were also shown in the video. Another poignant moment from the video shows kids sitting alone at lunch tables in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

A representative from the Manatee County school district explained in a Facebook comment the day the video started to go viral, that the examples in the “video are intended to show examples of the new procedures in place” but will not be the case for every school in the district.

The video quickly went viral on TikTok for being way too depressing.

The video was originally uploaded to TikTok by a mom in a nearby school district. Her clip has since amassed 3 million views and over 50,000 comments, with many expressing concern about how unnerving the back-to-school experience shown in the video appears. 

“I’m not gonna lie, it looks a little apocalyptic-y. A little ‘Hunger Games’-y,” she said in the video, a reference to the best-selling dystopian books and films. Jenkins told BuzzFeed News that watching it was “heartbreaking.”

“It feels like a punishment for the kids,” she told BuzzFeed News. “That makes me sad. The kids are kids.”

Nevertheless, the negative response to the viral video may not be mirrored by parents in the district. A survey conducted by the Manatee County school district, per WWSB-TV in Sarasota, Florida, shows that an overwhelming majority of parents surveyed prefer full-time in-person learning or a hybrid model. Across school levels, only 20 to 30 percent of parents — with few outliers — want their kids to be e-learning full-time, according to the survey published Tuesday.

Florida is the new epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S. and many are blasting the state’s reopening plans.

Since July, Florida has emerged as the latest epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S. As of August 5, the state has seen nearly half a million confirmed cases and 7,401 deaths.

As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise rapidly in Florida, concerns raised by some school officials and teachers stand in stark opposition from a push to reopen schools by Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Trump.

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Miami Hospitals Almost Full, One-Third Of Florida Children Test Positive For COVID

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Miami Hospitals Almost Full, One-Third Of Florida Children Test Positive For COVID

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As COVID-19 continues to ravage Florida, parents are bracing for the start of a new year. Cities and counties across the country have announced plans to start school years with remote learning since a lack of a national plan has let COVID-19 go unchecked in the U.S.

Florida’s children are becoming sick with COVID-19 at alarming rates.

Recent numbers show that 31 percent of Florida’s children are testing positive for COVID-19. The sudden rise in cases among children, as President Donald Trump tried to force states to reopen schools, is troubling parents.

“That’s a really high number,” Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, told Insider. “It’s a concern that translates into curiosity. We need an elaborate understanding of what that number means.”

There is a lot of concern because we still don’t know the long term effects of COVID-19.

There is so much about this virus that is unknown. Scientists and researchers have been studying the virus since it started to spread. The more we learn, the more we can fight effectively against it. The ever-changing rhetoric from scientists is proof that we are making progress in finding a way to get rid of the virus.

This news comes at the same tie that Florida hospitals are running out of ICU beds.

As cases skyrocket in Florida under the rapid reopening plan of Governor Ron DeSantis, hospitalizations are rising with it. People are being hospitalized in almost record numbers in Florida.

According to data, 54 hospitals are at full capacity and another 40 only have 10 percent ICU beds available. Hospitalizations across the state have gone up 56 percent and ventilator use has gone up 92 percent.

READ: Miami Is The New Epicenter For COVID-19 In The US

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