The last Parkland shooting survivor, Anthony Borges, is finally home. The brave young teen who took five bullets while defending his classmates on Feb. 14 has been released from the hospital.
Borges' attorney, Alex Arreaza, confirmed that the victim was released over the weekend. Although the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student is noticeably thinner and in shock, he was in good spirits.
"He's a little shellshocked right now. But his spirits changed completely once he got home. The most noticeable thing is that he was smiling a lot more," Arreaza said.
The 15-year-old barricaded a door while trying to protect his classmates when the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, began firing bullets inside the school. The shooting had left 17 dead and 17 injured, including Borges. Borges had to undergo extensive surgery as bullets "clipped" the teen's liver and three others had hit his legs, his attorney stated.
Borges has not commented yet when he will return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but he is "lucky to be alive" after thinking he was "going to die".
What's Next For Parkland?
Borges' other classmates have already returned to school on Feb. 28, two weeks after the massacre. While the survivors continue to try and make sense of the tragedy, those that are left behind are doing their best to ensure it won't happen again.
"As a first step, we are looking to see if we can get the kids through these entrances in a timely manner. It is very difficult to balance both convenience/privacy with safety/security; if there is more of one, the other often suffers, but I will do my best to balance the two," the principal of the school stated.
Part of the new steps that have been taken to ensure the students' safety include added security, identification badges, and clear, plastic book bags. Some of the students however do not agree with this new safety protocol.
These clear backpacks accomplish absolutely nothing. Not every item placed in the bag is visible and there is no possible way to monitor the contents of over 3000 backpacks. It's great to know that this is where my community puts its resources. — Kyrah Simon (@kyrahsimon) April 2, 2018
Meanwhile, Cruz has been apprehended by authorities and was indicted by a grand jury on 34 charges: 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder.