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Parkland Survivor Anthony Borges Settles Lawsuit With Broward School District

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Anthony Borges, who was severely wounded in the 2018 Parkland school shooting, has reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the Broward County School District. However, his attorney Alex Arreaza said he is not commenting on the amount of the settlement.

The Borges' settlement comes just two days after a separate $25 million settlement was reached with the families of the 17 people who were killed and others who were wounded and traumatized.

The Borges' family decided to pursue their own lawsuit, saying his injuries will require a lifetime of medical treatment that requires a larger payment.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Anthony Borges shows his injuries during an interview with AFP in Coral Springs, Florida, on August 9, 2019. - The scourge of gun violence in the US is no secret: some 36,000 Americans are killed every year on average, or about 100 a day, in homicides, suicides, police-involved shootings and accidents. Hundreds more are shot and wounded daily in the most-heavily armed country in the world. Those victims -- of mass shootings, or just everyday arguments that go awry -- live on with their wounds. (Photo by Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP) (Photo by EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI/AFP via Getty Images)

He was shot in the lungs, abdomen and legs. Arreaza said Borges' "physical wounds were healing, but the (post-traumatic stress disorder) is manifesting itself more all the time."

When CBS4 spoke to Arreaza earlier in the week, he explained, "One of the problems that he still has is one of his feet he doesn't have full function in his toes, so they have some more work to do with the ligaments. He's not able to do what he loved to do, [that] triggers the PTSD and creates those problems," said Arreaza.

Fifty-two families are part of the first settlement which was announced on Monday.

It's not known how much each family will receive, but the families of the 14 students and three staff members killed will get the largest shares. Those will be equal.

Meantime, the Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz plead guilty on Wednesday to 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.

Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz Appears In Court For Plea Hearing
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - OCTOBER 20: Royer Borges looks at his son, Anthony Borges, who was critically injured in the 2018 massacre during Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruzs guilty plea at the Broward County Courthouse on October 20, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Cruz pleaded guilty to all 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the 2018 shooting in Parkland, Florida. (Photo by Amy Beth Bennett-Pool/Getty Images)

Anthony Borges, who had been shot five times, was in the courtroom to hear the pleas and Cruz's apology to the families.

Borges told reporters after the hearing that he accepted Cruz's apology, but said it wasn't up to him to decide the confessed murderer's fate.

"He made a decision to shoot the school," Borges said. "I am not God to make the decision to kill him or not. That's not my decision. My decision is to be a better person and to change the world for every kid. I don't want this to happen to anybody again. It hurts. It hurts. It really hurts. So, I am just going to keep going. That's it."


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