Many kids have fears and anxiety about the first day of school, from worrying if they’ll make new friends or see old ones to whether they’ll be assigned that really mean English teacher. One concern that probably won’t cross their minds is whether or not they will be shot. But that is the tragedy that befell 17-year-old Daniel Borowy, a student with Down Syndrome who was allegedly shot in the school’s cafeteria by 15-year-old Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. What happened?
Gladden apparently came to the first day of school at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore’s northeast suburbs armed with a gun. According to Reuters, Baltimore County Police Corporal Cathy Batton stated that Gladden:
“disassembled a double-barreled shotgun he took from his father’s house, packed it into his school bag along with a bottle of vodka and hid the weapon in a school bathroom. The teen allegedly returned, re-assembled the weapon, drank some of the vodka, and went back into the cafeteria.”
Gladden fired one shot which hit Borowy in the back but he reportedly did not have any intended target. Borowy is currently in the hospital in critical condition. Before Gladden could fire off more shots a guidance counselor apparently tackled him.
Initial reports stated that there was a belief that the shooting was a response to bullying but he denied being bullied, “That was not the reason,” Batton said. Before he went to school Gladden put on Facebook, “First day of school, last day of my life.” He then added, “f*#k the world.”
Gladden is in police custody and is being held without bail. According to Baltimore County Police officials, he is being charged as an adult and will face a first-degree assault charge.
This newest event adds yet another tragedy to the summer’s list of senseless shooting. Do you think the more shooting that occur that more people would want to see changes to our present gun laws?
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