Florida student who protected classmates now in critical condition
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A Florida high school student who was shot while defending his fellow classmates from gunfire during a mass shooting last month is now in critical condition. 

A hospital spokeswoman in Florida told CNN on Thursday that the 15-year-old student's condition had worsened, from fair to critical condition, since being hospitalized. 

The student was reportedly shot five times while barricading a door as a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 students and faculty members. 


An attorney for the family this week announced an intent to sue the county, the public school system and the sheriff's office.

"The failure of Broward County Public Schools, and of the Principal and School Resource Officer to adequately protect students, and in particular our client, from life-threatening harm were unreasonable, callous and negligent," the attorney wrote, according to CNN.

After the shooting, it was revealed that the sheriff's office received dozens of calls regarding the teenage suspect, and that deputies sent to the scene remained outside the building and did not attempt to stop the shooter. The suspect has since been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder.

The teenage shooting victim who remains hospitalized weeks after the Feb. 14 shooting reportedly received a visit from Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who has taken heat amid scrutiny of his deputies' response to the shooting.