Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. is being held without bail on charges of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault in the Perry Hall High School shooting Monday. The 15 year old sophomore made references to murder-suicide on his Facebook page before shooting a student, Daniel Borowy, in the cafeteria Monday.
Gladden’s father told The Associated Press that his son had been bullied, although he did not provide details. The teen’s last status update on his Facebook page, posted the morning of the shooting, read: “First day of school, last day of my life. … fuck the world.”
Gladden also referred to mass murderer Charles Manson and gave himself the nickname “SuicidalSmile.” The page, identified by classmates as belonging to the suspected shooter, was just launched in July, and the three photos of Gladden all show his face hidden behind long, dark hair. He describes himself as a “metalhead” and a fan of musicians Marilyn Manson and Slipknot. Source
One problem with Robert Gladden Sr.’s bullying excuse, Daniel Borowy, who has Down’s Syndrome, so I seriously doubt he bullied Bobby Gladden. There is no excuse for a teenager walking around with a gun much less to pull the trigger. If he is being bullied, there are ways to take care of that problem.
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