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Alleged Shooter's Stepfather Arrested on Drug Charges

Police said the gun used in the shooting did not come from the Kingsville home.

The stepfather of the teen accused in was arrested on drug and firearm charges, according to police.

Andrew E. Piper of the 8500 block of Bradshaw Road in Kingsville was charged with marijuana possession and illegal firearm possession. He is currently free on $500,000 bond. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Piper was arrested Monday during a police search of the family's Kingsville home that was related to the shooting earlier that day. Piper is not charged in connection to the shooting allegedly carried out by his stepson, 15-year-old Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. Police said the weapon that was used in the school incident came from the Middle River home where Gladden's father lives.

Police say Gladden, Piper's stepson, entered the Perry Hall High cafeteria and shot one 17-year-old student in the back before being subdued by school staff. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault and is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Patch Associate Regional Editor Bryan P. Sears contributed to this article.

The original version of this article misstated Piper's bond.

Gomer Pyle August 29, 2012 at 04:36 PM
You know them personally? Who would want to admit that. They are normal people? Normal people don't have long rap sheets and commit violent crimes. Well maybe in your world they do. You know what they say about birds of a feather.....BTW, I'm giving you the bird right now.
Harry Callahan August 29, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Here's an idea: how about we lock this jerk up for the rest of his useless life. Just based upon the numerous traffic offenses he has (driving on a suspended license, fleeing the police, etc.). If you think this is too harsh a sentence for this guy, then think about this. Suppose he ran into YOUR car while fleeing the police and then suppose he put YOU in a wheelchair for life as a paraplegic, a quadraplegic, or worst of all, KILLED you in an accident (or done any of the aforementioned things to YOUR CHILD or SPOUSE).. How would you feel about him then? I don't know what he does for a living (if anything) but I'm just guessing here when I say that his contribution to life in this country consists of consuming beer and giving the police something to do. I don't think he is a cancer researcher at Johns Hopkins or any other hospital where he is just about to find a cure for cancer. I don't think that he contributes anything of use to our society so lock him up and throw away the key. But we need a special place to incarcerate trash like Mr. Piper. Want to see what I refer to? Just watch the movie Cool Hand Luke and you'll get the idea.
Tim.H August 29, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I grew up next door to the young mans biological father in Hawthorne..Believe me when I say it is a generational curse that needs to be broke...
Nikki Schafer August 29, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I personally knew this guy Andy growing up( he used to be married to my sister.)he's always been a drunk, woman-beating loser. He actually beat my mom up one time for stepping in and trying to take up for my sister when they were fighting. That's on his record too. So please Sarah, keep taking up for this idiot fool and his many contributions to Maryland.
Able Baker August 29, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Another fine heterosexual role model for our children.
Parkvillehoney August 29, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I can see why this kid went bad. With no positive influences in his life, no wonder he went to the dark side. It is sad the school system didn't pick up on his homelife and step in. I know there are privacy laws, but it looks like this kid was a ticking time bomb, and it looks like the bomb went off. So sad.
DaughterOfAKing August 29, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me..Don't be fooled. While I completely believe that people can change...this man's record, including his recent arrest speaks for itself.
BACourtReporter August 30, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Sarah, if these are "normal" people, then civilization is doomed.
Penelope Patch August 30, 2012 at 05:11 AM
The unfortunate thing is that there are more children out there like this, who live in neglectful and abusive homes. Is it any wonder that these kids come to school and have difficulty learning and/or getting along with others? Schools have programs and services designed to intervene but the "professionals" need to be willing to refer youth and advocate for them in getting the services they need. Some of the services are home-based, which means that the family has to want the services in order for them to be effective, and be willing to work on issues they are having. Don't think they would have been willing. Just saying.
B August 30, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Why in the world would you publicly support someone who has been arrested for drugs & guns? Keep that to yourself! Did you really think anyone on here would sympathize with you? I don't do drugs, I don't have drugs in my house, I don't use guns, I don't have any in my house. That is normal. For the record, I strongly support the right to bear arms, but I also believe that the right to bear children should be taken away from some people! This is not the first time cops have come in & found drugs etc in this guys house! What do you think that lifestyle does to a kid? Children are some of the meanest, most cold-hearted individuals, they see a kid with a bad home life, insecurities, etc & they prey on that. Don't tell me this boy hasn't been bullied, his behavior shows otherwise. The kid clearly had social issues. And the teachers saved the day but I bet they were laughing along with everyone else at this kid & others like him who are clearly socially retarded & have some sort of issues. How quickly people forget what it felt like to be teased & harassed in school. I wish there was a way to convince the kids being bullied that this part of their life will be so irrelevant in 10 years & convince the 'perfect' kids that their harsh words leave lasting impressions. I hope this guy stays locked up forever & his step-son gets the help he clearly needs. And you find better friends Sarah, because you apparently need to.
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 08:23 AM
One person above asked the question "Why do these people reproduce?" Answer, because they can and who pays the price for it? We do, we pay with our lives and we pay for their meals and their stay in prison. The question that SHOULD be asked is "Why are these people allowed to reproduce legally?" I swear to God, it's kids spawned out of stuff like this as well as the various forms of child abuse that exist that create these people in our society, but no one wants to admit it. "Free will!" people scream out loud. Why should we allow screwed up people to have and raise screwed up kids? Who cares about the weed? You can be arrested for weed, but it's just fine to bring a child into the world and raise him to try to kill people in high school. What is wrong with this world? Having kids should be a privledge, not a right, same as driving. You have to take tests to make sure you can be trusted on the road. When you adopt a child, you go through an interview process to make sure you are capable parents, but when it comes to people having kids, oh, it's just "free will". BS, people should have to prove that they are capable of raising a child before they are allowed to legally have them. You want less criminals in the world? Start setting guidelines for having children and stop letting criminals and psychopaths have kids. Why does no one have anything to say about that? People are fine with this?
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 08:32 AM
BTW, Sarah, those are "normal" people to you? Now, I understand that "normal" really doesn't mean anything at all since it has as many definitions as there are people. However, you are implying that these were good people? Guns, two kids, no positive male influences OR female influences, who knows how much child abuse, a father that was once incarcerated for attempted murder who now has a son that is going to jail for the same thing. What is there to defend? This is textbook dysfunctional family. Also, to B, agree. This kid was bullied, no doubt about it both at home by his family and at school. Kids don't just "do" this kind of stuff for no reason. People don't have that ability to "snap" unless trauma set them up for it earlier in life. I'm sorry, I know it's not popular opinion, but having kids should be a privilege, not a right that any 13 year old can do. You have bad quality parents raising kids and what do you get? Bad quality children and bad quality adults. Simple little equation.
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM
A free society. Free to have kids you can't raise who turn into criminals and who everyone else has to pay for when they get older. Maybe not some government entity, but certainly an entity who has the welfare of the CHILD in mind first. Why shouldn't it work more like adoption? You talk like you don't have the slightest idea (even though you may have kids yourself) that raising a child is the BIGGEST responsibility in this whole world you could possibly have, yet you don't have to meet qualifications to do it. You can be a career criminal, you can be a child molester, everyone in your family could have been abused as children because of that cycle going on and on and no one says a word. THESE ARE WHERE OUR CRIMINALS COME FROM, THAT'S why there should be some control over this. I can't grow a pot plant in my back yard without the FEDS coming to my door and I can't build an addition on my house without permission from the government, but people can push kids out that they can't raise, can't afford so everyone else has to pay for them and then they turn into criminals and abusers themselves, but that's perfectly fine with everyone. I have felt, experienced and seen others go through too much BS to just be "ok" with anyone, anywhere being allowed to have kids. You want more criminals, sure, let's just keep going like this.
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I'm saying people should prove that they are qualified to raise a child. Financially, mentally and emotionally stable, make sure that child isn't brought into a family of criminals and make sure that child is being given the best chance in life. You really think a 13 year old girl should be raising children? You think Gladden's parents and family should be raising children? It blows my mind how screwed up people's priorities are when it comes to things like this. I'm not saying to not allow anyone to have children, I'm saying, just like with adoption and getting your drivers license as two examples, you have to PROVE that you are capable of doing those things safely without endangering lives. Do you really believe that if a couple walked into an adoption agency where the couple had a criminal history, a child abuse history, was a 14 year old girl in high school or otherwise incapable of raising a child that this adoption agency would give them a child? You have to prove that you are stable and capable of raising a child or you don't get one, so why is it just anyone is allowed to have children? Families like the Gladden's are where this world's criminals come from. Abusive homes, neglectful families of criminals and you think that's ok? Yes, we live in a free society, but you act like raising a child is just no big deal. If they turn out like Gladden, oh well, free country. You want to have kids and turn them into Gladden's, go right ahead. It's complete BS and short sighted.
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 05:12 PM
How many men have kids with women, then walk out on them? Children growing up without fathers which is abandonment (child abuse), physical abuse from either parent (child abuse), mothers who walk out on their children (child abuse and YES, it does happen) and you know why it happens? People don't give an F, that's why. Guys go around spreading their seed, don't pay child support, don't want anything to do with these children and mothers, although much less frequently, do the same thing. Who are the real victims here? The CHILDREN are, but no one says a damn thing about that, do they? Where's the empathy for the children born into situations like this? You just say "free society, free will", BS! You should not be free to screw a child over for life because you're having kids you don't want, can't afford, and would rather not have at all. These children go through HELL their whole lives and are angry at the world. I don't believe it's right, I don't believe it should be allowed, I think parents should have to prove their ability to raise a child before they are allowed to have one. If they can, have as many as you want. Have 10 children for all I care, I'm talking about adults with abuse histories who have not been treated for their abuse, people who are career criminals, people who have kids and don't pay for them or want involved in their lives at all, NO. They should NOT be allowed to have kids because I don't want to pay for them and I don't want more criminals intheworld.
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Excuse me, Mr Evets, but I did not assume anything about any qualifications you met or did not meet. I said that ALL people, whether adopting or having children naturally, should ALL be held to those qualifications. So, just because one 13 year old girl did it, it means they all should and can do it? That's flat out ridiculous and crazy. You don't define the rule by the exception, which she is and good for her. Children raising children is something you're on board with because of a VERY small percentile of success stories? Really? I never said you DIDNT know the qualifications, but you obviously don't believe everyone should be held to the same standards as far as having children. Qualifications for adopting or having children naturally should be the SAME! You sitting here saying 13 year old CHILDREN should be allowed to have kids based on ONE situation is IN-SAN-ITY!
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Yeah, and anyone who believes that 13 year olds, hell even 16 year olds, F'n school children should be having children is crazy thinking. They are CHILDREN having CHILDREN. How many of those do you honestly believe are success stories? Why is teen pregnancy such a huge problem in today's world if they are all producing doctors and scholars? Sure, let's use one example, the definite exception to the rule and make it ok. That is NUTS. Congrats to that 13 year old girl, but if you think for one second that even 1 in a million 13 year old girls are ready to raise a child successfully based on a handful of stories, there's something illogical about your thought process. The price of freedom? If that price is increased crime, child abuse producing violent criminals and people like you endorsing 13 year old GIRLS, not women, GIRLS, CHILDREN having children because once in a blue moon, it works out while the rest of the time, we have criminals, rapists, murderers, burglars, child molesters and violent crime, then that price is too high. It's insane thinking, INSANE! The price we pay? Would you be saying that if Gladden shot one of your children too? "Oh well, that's the price we pay for freedom." I bet you wouldn't, now would you? Child abuse stats speak for themselves and the resulting conditions from that abuse do as well. 84% of people in prison as of a few years ago were victims of child abuse. Most abuse deaths are kids under 4 years old. How old you think those parents were?
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 08:58 PM
http://aacap.org/page.ww?name=When+Children+Have+Children&section=Facts+for+Families From the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology: "Babies born in the U.S. to teenage mothers are at risk for long-term problems in many major areas of life, including school failure, poverty, and physical or mental illness. The teenage mothers themselves are also at risk for these problems." "Babies born to teenagers are at risk for neglect and abuse because their young mothers are uncertain about their roles and may be frustrated by the constant demands of caretaking." ................ "Some teenage girls drop out of school to have their babies and don't return. In this way, pregnant teens lose the opportunity to learn skills necessary for employment and self-survival as adults." A 2012 article! You're thinking is completely irrational on this topic, COMPLETELY.
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I'm sure the people who make those decisions on a daily basis as professionals who work at adoption agencies are more than qualified to make those decisions. Children should be going out with their friends, playing sports after school, getting their diplomas and enjoying the school life and just simply being a kid. You only get to do it once, you have plenty of time to have children. Children should not be having children nor should people like you be endorsing that they do so based on a handful of cases. As for you claiming it being "immaterial" if if was your child that was shot, I guess that answers my question. You wouldn't be shrugging it off as a "price of freedom", no good parent would. We don't let victims of crimes determine laws? Well, why do we have speed cameras popping up all over the place since that old lady was killed on Seven Courts? God, there are many examples of victims determining laws even if only a single occurrence is present! However, using your (false) analogy, we should not let exceptions determine the rules either. Endorsement of teenagers throwing away their childhood, education and once-in-a-lifetime experience of being a child by having children is insanity and proven to cause a hell of a lot of social problems within these groups of people. It's proven fact, you can think whatever you want, that's the price we pay for freedom, I guess. Ignore the facts and just make up your own instead.
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 11:34 PM
... because, Evets, you ask meaningless questions, that's why. You insist on focusing on these extremely rare outcomes when the significant majority of outcomes are not good. That's why I don't answer. All you want to do is justify why 13 year olds should have kids and cite a rare case or two as support. How many people have been killed by abused children who made it to adulthood? How many children suffer a DAY from child abuse? Why is it that the issue of teen pregnancy has been increasing if it's such a good thing? How many people on this forum do you think would be ok with their 13 year old daughter being pregnant? I don't answer your questions because they are silly questions and completely ignore the facts. You want to focus on the things that justify your opinion in the face of facts that are well known, so why should I answer your questions considering those things? You think it's ok for 13 year olds to have kids, I would bet 99% of parents would disagree with you vehemently. You either don't want to see the bigger picture or just don't care because you know of a success story or two, so that makes all the facts wrong. Whatever, dude. You don't even believe in the things you say evidenced by deleting your own posts constantly, so just delete the rest of them and get on with your night.
Mike Fisher September 09, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Then, I'm also free to not answer your questions since you aren't even serious about the things you debate about anyway if you just remove your posts. It depends how bad Daniel's down syndrome is. I'm sure there are ways to determine that, but I have a hard time comparing someone who was born with down syndrome to a criminal family. Daniel isn't a criminal nor does he even seem like he was known as a bad person, so it would depend on how severe his disability is considering the nature of down syndrome. It's certainly not impossible, that's for sure. For Gladden? The next step is forcing them into therapy and getting treatment for their problems until their condition is satisfactory enough that the committee can say "Ok, they are now capable of raising kids." If they refuse that treatment, then, if they do have a child anyway, it should immediately be put up for adoption to go to a better family. Why shouldn't people have to qualify to be parents? We're talking about children here, child abuse and the increased likelihood that they will become abusers and criminals as adults or teenagers. You're saying "Ahh, let them do what they want, we'll deal with the casualties later." Why even have people get a license to drive a car too? If a 13 year old wants to drive over to a friend's house, just let him jump in the car and go. Free country and all.
Mike Fisher September 09, 2012 at 12:15 AM
By the way, why are kids put up for adoption? I have not looked into this, so this is just an educated guess. The parents are deemed unfit before the child is born, the parents agreed to put them up for adoption already or they were taken from a family because of child abuse or things of that nature. Why not try to put a dent in these situations? There is so much evidence these days of all the things I've talked about both here and in my child abuse blog. The evidence is there, it's there, but we're saying as a society that it's not a big deal? We have free will? An alcoholic doesn't have free will because he has a disease called "addiction" which you need treatment to overcome. The same kind of damage is caused by child abuse. What about the collateral damage of teens having kids? The rates of child abuse and the damage done to the mother especially since I doubt many 13 year old boys want anything to do with a child. Hell, plenty of 20-30 year old men make children they want nothing to do with. Why can't we try to do something about this in a proactive way? Kids are being damaged and killed every day from child abuse and more and more teens are losing their youth because they get pregnant and drop out of school and hardly even know what they're doing in most cases based on reports and the evidence from these kinds of things. There is something very wrong with this picture. I want kids to have better lives and better parents. Child abuse needs to be stopped.
Mike Fisher September 09, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Why are the requirements so strict when it comes to adoption, but not when it comes to anyone having kids whenever they want at any age? That doesn't even make any sense!
allyson trionfo September 15, 2012 at 11:56 PM
At least he got a bail, my son didn't get a bail and he didn't do half as bad as this dude, the system is crazy.
Evets September 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Mr. Fisher, please do not speculate on the reasons that children are available for adoption unless you have been personally involved in the process, and even then these sorts of discussions should be avoided on a public forum such as this. Thanks.
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