"You Failed Us": Parkland Shooting Hero Slams Broward Sheriff After Emerging From Hospital

Parkland shooting victim Anthony Borges slammed Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Superintendent Robert Runcie for failing "on so many levels" leading up to the February 14 massacre that left 17 students and teachers dead, reports CBS Miami via The Red Elephants

“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,” read Borges's attorney Alex Arreaza.

Borges is being hailed as a hero for saving the lives of 20 classmates for attempting to close and lock a classroom door during the shooting - taking five bullets in the process.

The 15-year-old shooting victim also criticized school officials for allowing self-confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz to continue to attend school even after realizing he was a threat. 

I want to ask you today to end your policy and agreement that you will not arrest people committing crimes in our school,” read Borges's statement, a reference to the Broward County's "Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support & Education Program" (PROMISE) - designed to allow students who commit crimes to receive counseling and other treatment instead of facing jail time. While Cruz was not part of the PROMISE program, the Borges family expressed  concerns over its existence.

Borges also wrote to the families of the deceased;

“They were not as fortunate to survive as I was. I don’t know why I survived and they didn’t but I will tell you that my family and I will dedicate our lives to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. To the other injured, I hope you are recovering well. We have the responsibility to tell the world what happened here." 

While the Borges's say they are grateful for the hero label bestowed upon Anthony, they would like to see that end. Instead, the family would like people to focus on the failures within the system that allowed law enforcement to miss warning signs on Cruz.

Failures at multiple levels...

Between the Broward Sheriff's Office, the FBI, school officials, and others involved with Nikolas Cruz and his brother, authorities had clear and specific warnings that Cruz intended on shooting up a school.

In February, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) noted that the FBI never contacted YouTube parent Google - after it was reported that suspect Nikolas Cruz, under his own name, wrote "I'm going to be a professional school shooter" in a YouTube video comment last September.


When the uploader of the video, Ben Bennight, contacted the FBI shortly after Cruz left the comment, officials spoke with him for 20 minutes, after which there was no follow up until the same agent or agents came to his home on Wednesday after the shooting. 

In a March press conference, Special Agent Robert Lansky who is in charge of the Miami FBI division said that the FBI received the tip, however they were "unable to further identify" the person who made the comment, despite conducting "database reviews" and "checks."

"No other information was included with that comment, which would indicate a time, location or the true identity of the person who made the comment," Lasky said. "The FBI conducted database reviews, checks, but was unable to further identify the person who actually made the comment."

Had they simply followed up, agents would have also discovered from Florida's state social services agency that Cruz intended to buy a gun, and that he had been cutting his arms on snapchat. 

FBI investigators could have then called the Broward County Sheriff's department and found out about the 23 times deputies responded to Cruz's home over a seven year period for emergencies including a "mentally ill person, " "child/elderly abuse", "domestic disturbance," and "missing person." The last call received by Broward County Sheriff's office on November 30, was a warning a caller who warned that  Cruz is collecting guns and knives. Concerned he will kill himself one day and believes he could be a school shooter in the making."

To top things off, a young woman close to Cruz warned the FBI she was concerned he would "get into a school and just shoot the place up," according to a leaked transcript of her call to the bureau's tip line one month before the massacre.

The transcript can be seen here.

"You know, its just so much," said the caller. "I know he's going to explode." The woman said she was making the call because she wanted a clear conscience if he takes off and, and just starts shooting places up, according to the transcripts which were reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. 

There were plenty of other incidents along the way which contributed to Cruz's ability to conduct his shooting spree. For example, had Cruz been properly arrested and prosecuted for holding a gun to his brother and mother's head, threatening their lives - he would have likely been charged with a felony and been unable to legally obtain weapons.

Meanwhile, Parkland school officials and a sheriff's deputy recommended in September 2016 that Cruz be involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility for a mental evaluation, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. Under the law, having been committed would have made it more difficult, if not impossible for Cruz to have legally obtained firearms. 

The documents, which are part of Cruz’s criminal case in the shooting, show that he had written the word “kill” in a notebook, told a classmate that he wanted to buy a gun and use it, and had cut his arm supposedly in anger because he had broken up with a girlfriend. He also told another student he had drunk gasoline and was throwing up. Calls had even been made to the FBI about the possibility of Cruz using a gun at school. -AP

A psychological assessment service initiated by Cruz's mother, Henderson Behavioral Health (HBH), reveals that high school resource officer and Sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson along with two high school counselors recommended that Cruz be committed for mental evaluation under Florida's Baker Act - which allows for the involuntary commitment of a person for at least three days. Florida law would have allowed Peterson to unilaterally commit Cruz. 

Peterson notably resigned after his failure to enter the building as shots rang out, with many dubbing him the "Broward Coward" following the incident. 

Speaking at a press conference, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said the on duty officer at Stoneman "never went in." Israel said he was "devastated" after watching the video showing the deputy taking a position outside the Western side of Building 12 while shots rang out, "and he never went in" despite having a clear view of the entrance.

"I think he remained outside upwards of four minutes," Israel said.

Of note, Judicial Watch uncovered Broward County Sheriff's Office training and operation manuals which specifically dictate that the first one or two officers on the scene of an active shooter incident "will immediately go to confront the shooter." 

History shows when a suspect is confronted by any armed individual (police, security, concealed carry person) they either shoot it out with that person or kill themselves. Either way, the shooting of innocent bystanders must stop. Now, the first officer or two officers on scene will immediately go to confront the shooter. Military tactics work well in this situation. The two man “bounding overwatch” is our response.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said during a news conference that “What I saw was a deputy [Peterson] arrive … take up a position and he never went in.” Israel said Peterson should have “went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.”

The lesson plan clearly states: “If you are on scene or in the area and hear gunshots, you should immediately access what you have and prepare to respond. Remember, every time you hear a gunshot in an active shooter incident; you have to believe that is another victim being killed.

The training materials also state that the first officers on the scene will “engage the suspect,” which Peterson did not do. “There are now three teams during Active Shooter Incident [Contact, Extraction and Rescue Task Force]: Contact Team: Is first on scene, 1-4 deputies, they will be actively engaging/searching for suspect (HOT ZONE).” -Judicial Watch

Meanwhile, aside from Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv and now Anthony Borges - the nation has been swept up in a discussion on gun control, instead of the multiple failures of authorities to prevent the clearly mentally ill Nikolas Cruz from murdering 17 people. 

Comments

Creative_Destruct beepbop Sun, 04/08/2018 - 02:42 Permalink

" had Cruz been properly arrested and prosecuted for holding a gun to his brother and mother's head, threatening their lives - he would have likely been charged with a felony and been unable to legally obtain weapons."

This kid was lit up with a "Mass Murderer " neon sign and everyone ignored it. Incredible. Enforce the laws we have.

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SoDamnMad Gead Sun, 04/08/2018 - 14:07 Permalink

I hate these Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police and LEOs that wear the 4 stars on their collar or shoulder. You are not general material, you never were and never will be. You are public servants paid for by the taxpayers you are suppose to serve. Do your job or get the hell out of the profession.

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The Ram WTFRLY Sun, 04/08/2018 - 09:31 Permalink

Yes, I cannot expect a 15 year old kid to understand a 'false flag.'  When I was 15, I am sure it would have been way beyond my 'reality box' as Ingo Swan use to note.  The cops stood down because they were told to.  The planners did not want the local cops to run into the 'real' shooters.  Professional contractors who were wearing full body armor and employed to shoot-up the place then make there escape (as recorded on video) in a white, unmarked pick-up truck.  It did not take long to ferret out what actually happened.  Unfortunately, the population is way too dumb-down to see through the events.  So, we see no video from insight the school, no testimony from the urber driver, no cell phone footage...just a few scraps here and there, but the MSM narrative has been destroyed for the the few who have the 'eyes to see and the ears to hear.'  Btw, the matrix is here and well.

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swmnguy youarelost Sat, 04/07/2018 - 20:16 Permalink

It's almost impossible to involuntarily commit anyone before they commit a heinous crime.  Or to prevent someone from buying or owning weapons.  The financialization of health care has destroyed it for all but the most determined individual seeking care for themselves.  Talk therapy is what works and it's not profitable enough for corporate medicine, and costs too much for most individuals.

What's required to fix the situation is going to inconvenience some law-abiding people so it will require some political courage.  Not holding my breath.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 chiron1 Sat, 04/07/2018 - 21:19 Permalink

I disagree. I think obviously mentally ill people need to be confined for their own good and safety. It was stupid for the US to empty out our mental hospitals 50 years ago. Look at the streets of LA. I watch this Utube channel, Homelss Lives Matter, on a regular basis. Believe me, emptying out the mental hospitals was not a good move. Was there abuse? Sure. But look at how these people live now! Jeezus! The state mental hospitals should be regulated and controlled. And there are 50,000 people in LA that need to be put locked up in one. Now. Not last year but now.

This video is from Easter Sunday in LA on skid row. Is this how people should live? https://youtu.be/qt88kHJhcPY

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 swmnguy Sat, 04/07/2018 - 21:09 Permalink

True. The only way to get someone committed to a forensic psychiatric facility is only AFTER they have killed someone. Other than a 72-hour hold or a short commitment, the mentally ill are dumped out on the street. Jeezus there are 58K of them living on the streets in Los Angeles.

Until the laws are changed, and until some conservatives go into social work and medicine, it is the norm to allow people to live as they will. Open defecation, open urination, displaying one's body parts in public is not prosecuted, it isn't punished, and these people are allowed to live, unmedicated, on US streets.

When will this change? Not anytime soon until conservatives go into these fields and press to change the laws to make them more humane.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 gattaca Sat, 04/07/2018 - 22:18 Permalink

I do, sadly. My father is schizoaffective and lives in Kommiefornia. It has been heartbreaking to watch him slowly decline. I started calling Adult Protective Services a few years ago. Prior to that I asked my father about buying property with me and having him live in a mother-in-law suite apartment. I made that offer in 2007. He refused. Made exucses. Said he didn't like the weather where I live and he needed to stay in Kommiefornia for MediCal. (Of course he has no address and is unable to deal with the paperwork now so his MediCal was dropped once they couldn't contact him him in writing). My father's 56-year old GF died on January 7th. Today is his 85th birthday. I have no idea where he is, if he is alive or dead. He was last seen at a nursing facility on December 19th where he went AMA with his then GF. They lied about an address, phone number, and being married.

I didn't realize my father was mentally ill, although I heard rumors, until about two years ago when I asked him about long-term planning. His response was over the top. He flipped out. Said he wasn't going to die (I didn't bring up death or dying at all). He refused to tell me his plans. He refused to allow me POA (which would have meant he could still be living in his house after filling out a form with the county assessor's office, due to my father's age and veteran status he would have been exempt from property taxes until he passed away. Did the realtor that sold his house give him that information? Of course not).

He has been homeless for 18 months and I have asked the VA to declare him incompetent. They refused. The doctors said he has the right to live his own life. How is living on the street, like a dog, living your own life? Or living with dignity? It is not.

Please, if you are a conservative Doctor, you need to work to change the laws. I am not saying it is going to be easy, or cheap. But letting people live and die like animals on the street is not a solution, either.

I also had a sibling pass away last year, at the age of 45, from AIDS. She became addicted to crystal meth when she was 17 and used drugs her entire life.

So yes, if I know a lot about this, as a layperson, yes I do. It isn't the kind of education I would wish on anyone.

By the way, the state of Kommifornia has done nothing to help my father. The realtor, Virginia Paleno, of CALPRE (California Professional Real Estate) has not been prosecuted by the CA AG. She still has a license to practice. Why? Good question! `Here is her CA realtor's license number: 01228469, here is her phone number: 909.273.7511. It is a public number before anyone gets mad. She's a business person. She preys on older people like my father in the Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / Crestline area of San Bernardino county (it is up in the mountains). She's a bitch.

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I am Groot HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Sun, 04/08/2018 - 01:13 Permalink

So sorry HRH. I kind of know what you're going through. My mother was diagnosed with dementia about 4 years ago. She is alive but doesn't have any comprehension of what day it is, where she is or who she is. Euthanasia is totally out of the question to have performed by a doctor. What kind of life is that ? I can only hope and prat to God that when the next giant shit bubble bursts, people with common sense, compassion and a sense for the rule of fair laws  come out on top vs the progressive liberal totalitarian nanny state.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 I am Groot Sun, 04/08/2018 - 02:30 Permalink

Thanks Groot. It's rough. The sick part was finding out the nanny state doesn't give a damn about anyone. They aren't there to protect anyone other than themselvess, their jobs, and their pensions.
I get that my father is a proud man. I knew he had issues for years but I was living my life and he was living his. I started reaching out 20 years ago, lost him, found him again in 2007 (with the Internet I could afford a cheap search). Paranoia does really bad things to some people's minds. Even if you hate your kid, give them the damned POA! Believe me, no one in the government and no stranger is going to look out for your best interest the same way as a family member would. My father didn't get that. He had to be in control. And once he lost control? Not good.

These kids are going to found out the hard way that all the bullshit they have been fed by the commies is nothing but lies.

I come from tough stock on my mother's side of the family. I'm doing okay. Could be better but it sure as heck could be a lot worse. Just a bummer that I have no idea where my father is to wish him a happy 85th birthday. We do the best we can with what we have and what we know.

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Dilluminati HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Sun, 04/08/2018 - 08:29 Permalink

I had a family member who I had to go down and solicit emergency petitions for in the state of MD.  It ended eventually as so many of these tragedies do with suicide using of course a nanny state approved gun.  But the revolving door of social services was such that the laws are designed to not forcefully or politically incarcerate people in mental hospitals, what has been the result is homelessness and the general lack of services you describe.  My siblings mental illness was so profound that more often than not the 3  doctors who performed the adjudication and the court appointed attorney for the patient during the 3 day evaluation resulted in longer stays of treatment, but soon enough the drugs after they worked became the issue, and of course were stopped and the entire process would initiate again.  It is my understanding of the law and having had to navigate it, and my experience as a youth counselor for an inpatient adolescent treatment facility that makes me look at what happened in Florida and get as vociferous as I do.   In the case of Cruz the teachers had advocated a Baker Act on the kid, that is their form or emergency petition as it would be known in Maryland in Florida.  As police are required to execute that subpoena and charge on the day that that was supposed to happen at the high-school, and keeping in mind this kid was 18 years of age, the police did not show up! 

Obama and the progressives decided that they would not seek police solutions or pursue criminal prosecutions through the school systems, so what was actually happening was that this adult was physically assaulting other students (met the criteria of a danger to others) had texted these students telling them he had guns and would kill them (again met the criteria of a danger to others) and had assaulted family members and people out in the community with the same actions.  And this kid kept escalating his behavior and violence and then finally shot the school up as he had stated he would do.  

Under existing law in Florida was the tools to have prevented this tragedy, under existing guidelines there was policies ignored by the teachers, mental health professionals, administrators, and every level of law enforcement from cross walk attendant to FBI.  It was a colossal failure of these imaginary services by all levels of governance.  And here is the worst part, the kids before the shooter was identified knew who he was, that is the level of the incompetence that occurred.  Students were locked in the hall with the shooter by teachers in the absence of a code red, when previous analyses and assessment had called for changes.    And the most galling part of this avoidable tragedy?  All the incompetent gather together and demand raises, and the kids are soliciting skipping taking the proficiency tests, and the absurd theater of the press and local politicians continue o congratulate one another for their failures while they advocate gun confiscation. 

If these same people wanted to save lives they might have used the tools they had, banned texting, or ATV's and mini-bikes which causes much more death and destruction, but guns were the easy scapegoat for a community now incapable of honest self assessment and accountability.    Again these failings happen under existing law in respect to mental health and that isn't surprising when you have formal policies of not executing and enforcing existing law.  These liberals and their sanctuary cities, their immigration agenda, their not prosecuting adults assaulting other children, well you know Florida just took nanny state a step forward, and said under the age of 21 cannot buy a firearm, but wants these people and the illegals to vote.

Yes the mental health laws and support could surely be an equal deterrent to crime but it is not, because the establishment is much more concerned about what you think about their incompetence than actually becoming accountable.  That is why they spend so much on social media analysis and so little of social services, all hat and no cattle.  This probably mentally ill kid is now facing death penalty which means years of disclosure of the incompetence of Florida governance or better yet a plea deal to keep it all quiet.  

Finally and ironically it was the death of a sibling by suicide that made me qualified employable for the position as a counselor as I had first hand knowledge of the entirety of the process in Maryland, after a couple hundred had come through the in-patient system I worked and I realized that the process was broken, that I couldn't fix broken, and that society really didn't care about these people, or (students), or that it was solvable, I decided that that career wasn't for me, though oddly I was very good at it.  I decided not to be a victim also!   It was just that I could make many multiples more working in IT.  So effectively take this last item as well, the people who do these jobs that society doesn't value much, well they are by and large stupid and incompetent, that is why you should work hard and avoid a state retirement home, which is HS for old people.  A place you occupy that is run poorly and were abuse occurs and you need to solicit the favor of your abusers.  And don't sell or let go of your guns.. ugly world out there.  All of your points are spot on and especially the pension.  These HS teachers don't want to be in the constructs of their own design as old people.  The kids that witnessed this colossal failure are best served by pretending this whole failure never occurred, saying nice things to the people who have power over them, and trying to escape unharmed, or if possible weasel something accrual'd out of the tragedy of their classmates deaths.  

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Dilluminati HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Sun, 04/08/2018 - 10:25 Permalink

It might be better to take some regional approaches and to consolidate treatment, as an example: setup communities where free housing is available on a non-demand basis, yes: just housing as you want come and go, free food, and essentially a "free village."

Of course most of the people there would be mentally ill however by excluding the crime that surrounds these people they would be safer.  By trying to replicate these services across the entirety of the nation is where the expense goes through the roof.  But it is more humane to allow these people to congregate and live essentially free then become homeless.  Setup a cafeteria, hand out blankets, provide whatever reasonable accommodations as needed.  But a closed community of safety where there people can live as they choose.  It doesn't have to be within a locked building, doesn't have to entail forced medication, but it would be w whole lot more efficient and safe than what we have now which is people on the streets.

Justin Beiber  is probably BI, the woman told the truth.  The reason why the approach above is not adopted is that it isn't convenient to the establishment of existing inadequate caregivers and social services industry.  But build cities, and these cities should have opportunities for drug rehab, education, public internet etc.. but the assistance should be both comprehensive and free.  If these people decide to rejoin society then they should be expected to adhere to the norms of behavior.  Homelessness should be illegal not guns and we should treat these people more humanely.  BTW as a fact mentally ill are more likely to be victims of viollence than create it upon people.

https://www.nami.org/

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Dilluminati Sun, 04/08/2018 - 18:32 Permalink

Thanks for sharing your story. It's rough. I also mentioned the death of my youngest sibling, last year, from AIDS and years of using drugs, including meth and heroin.

I watched her, and now my father, manipulate the system. Neither my sister nor my father have ever been forced to change or modify their destructive behavior. Thus, I am an advocate for forcing people to stay in a locked facility. This isn't the 1960s. Dumping people on the street and thinking they would use the local community mental health center or be cured by going to AA or NA meetings is wishful thinking. I hear it works for some people but based on the current numbers of 58K homeless in LA, a lot of people are lost and hopeless and unable to navigate anything without a lot of help.

I don't know how to fix this. But allowing people to live like animals on the street isn't working.

I am an advocate for forced medication, for locking people up in a facility, permanently, if necessary. For some of the addicts and alcoholics that will be the only way for them to stop using. Yes, I know the medications are imperfect. I live in the real world I don't live in a perfect world.

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I am Groot dasein211 Sun, 04/08/2018 - 01:19 Permalink

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME ! The guys without the guns saved students and died. The cowardly motherfuckers with the badges and guns cowered behind their police car, shit their pants and ate donuts  ! Sheriff Israel and his band of blue stripe douchebags should all be brought up on charges. And then the motherfuckers go on and on and on about the dangers of guns, and how guns should be banned ! FUCK YOU SHERIFF ! I'll keep my guns, defend my self, loved ones and innocent people and not shit my pants thanks.

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Katos youarelost Sat, 04/07/2018 - 20:39 Permalink

All total BULLSHIT! CRUZ KILLED NO one! One student said she was walking down the hall talking to Cruz, while shots CONTINUED to ring out?? If cruz had already shot 17+ people,, HE WOULD HAVE REEKED OF SMOKE AND GUNPOWDER! A teacher said she saw the shooter and he was in full body armor! CRUZ causally leaves the school and WANDERS around to 3 different stores before he' tackled at MCDONALD'S. IN THE PICTURE where he was tackled, his pants were down around his LIKE THE gang bangers wear. Do you mean to tell me that this scrawny wimp fired off hundreds of rounds from a high powered weapon, while holding his pants up with the other hand?? And what about reloading?? Did he just drop his drawers, insert ANOTHER magazine, pull his drawers up and with one hand Rambo style KILL more kids?? All phony bullshit with a phony patsie! THE first 3 RESPONDERS WERE TOLD TO " STAND DOWN "?? WHO TOLD THEM to stand down and why did they comply?? Because it was a drill, AND no one actually got shot! It was said over and over that a drill was set for that day. This is a nothing burger! A lie to strip INNOCENT americans of their CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS!

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