UPDATE: Gladden Indicted For Perry Hall High Shooting

Charges against the teen include nine counts of attempted murder.

Updated (5:10 p.m.)—A teen charged as an adult in the shooting at Perry Hall High School faces nine counts of attempted murder as part of an indictment handed up Tuesday by a Baltimore County grand jury.

Robert Gladden Jr. also faces nine counts each of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, as well as one count each of use of a firearm in the commission of a crime and carrying a weapon on school property.

Andrew Piper, Gladden's stepfather, remains . Police searched Piper's home in the hours after the shooting and discovered weapons locked in a safe, according to a statement released by Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger.

Piper also faces drug charges related to the search of his home.

Shellenberger declined to comment on the case beyond the 29-count indictment and the official statement released by his office.

Because of a previous conviction, Piper is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Gladden lived in Kingsville with his mother and Piper. Police believe he obtained the used in the shooting from his father's Middle River home.

Robert Gladden Sr. will not be charged based on available evidence, according to Shellenberger's statement.

Robert Gladden Jr. is charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder, first degree assault and reckless endangerment against six students and three Perry Hall High School faculty members including:

  • , a special needs student who was the only person shot in the incident. Bowory remains at Maryland Shock Trauma in serious condition.
  • Jordan Simons, a student.
  • Taylor Desaulniers, a student.
  • Muhammad Waheed, a student.
  • Christopher Brooks, a student.
  • Erma Cellini, a student.
  • , a member of the school faculty credited with disarming Robert Gladden Jr. and holding him for the police.
  • Richard Rosenthal, a faculty member.
  • Kathleen Watkins, a faculty member.

Robert Gladden Jr. will likely be arraigned in the next 30 to 60 days. The teen continues to undergo medical evaluation and a bail review hearing has not been set, according to the statement released.

JD1 September 07, 2012 at 12:13 AM
It's not about help its about being held responsible for actions that caused unbelievable harm to others and a disruption to an entire community. It's also about causing others to think twice before doing something like this - its called justice. DaughterOfAKing - how would you handle the situation - require him to attend church every morning for an hour?
JD1 September 07, 2012 at 12:14 AM
I hope you thank God very day it wasn't your kid that got shot - I'm thinking you might be reacting differently.
JD1 September 07, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Dean - one of the ways we can help make sure this doesn't happen again is to lock this kid up and throw away the key. We should publicize every time he is pounded by other criminals and how miserable he is and how he is paying dearly for his actions. Hopefully, other nut jobs on the fence would see this and think twice knowing the hell they would be subjected to if they act on their twisted impulses.
JD1 September 07, 2012 at 12:20 AM
What does that mean - "works out" ??
JD1 September 07, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Brandon you sound like the one who needs help. Brad is 100% correct - are you sure you aren't the one that needs to take a cold shower? What the hell does watching porn have to do with justice?
Jimmy September 07, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Mike, your source gave you several pieces of bad info....he was the bully...lockers had not been assigned yet
Mike Fisher September 07, 2012 at 07:49 PM
As far as I know, August 20th was the first day of school. Surely, lockers would have been assigned by then. I trust my neighbor's view of what happened. She's a smart girl and had many details to share with me. http://www.businessinsider.com/robert-gladdens-lawyer-says-he-was-bullied-2012-8 One link from his lawyer showing Gladden was the one being bullied and intended to use the gun to scare the bullies away. Just FYI, the second shot was fired while Gladden was being restrained and was shot straight up in the air, hitting no one. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/national_world&id=8790656 According to my neighbor, many people were aware that Gladden was being bullied, this was common knowledge amongst students there. It still gives Gladden no right to do what he did, but kids can be viscious. Gladden's family history also plays a huge role into what happened. All the guns that were found at his home, which is no surprise considering the crimes his father committed and his mother being insane. As another poster said, the school just doesn't want the responsibility. They don't want to be accountable for such a tragedy, they'd rather just blame it all on Gladden. Bullies can be ruthless and heartless and when you have a child prone to violence, grew up around violence and instability, this is the kind of reaction you get. I don't believe for one second Gladden just decided "Hey, I'm gonna shoot some people at school today!" Ridiculous, IMO.
Michael September 07, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Mike, your source and info is wrong. The first day for school for ALL of Baltimore County was August 27, the day this happened. Who care if lockers were assigned yet or not? This kid MADE A DECISION to bring a gun to school, a clear violation of school policies. You claim he intended to use it to scare the bullies away. If this is the case, why bring 20 rounds of ammunition? And why bring it in disassembled? When he assembled the shotgun, why load it if you don't intend to use it? Further, you want to make his father's crimes the reason for the son's crimes. People are the product of their environments to some extent, but have the FREE WILL to choose their own path and do not have to follow in their parents footsteps. He chose to commit all of his crimes, now he has to live with the consequences.
Mike Fisher September 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
It's not me claiming it, it's students at PHHS who WERE ACTUALLY THERE and his lawyer. My apologies for getting the date wrong. The rest of your comments makes some of my points for me. Yes, you grow up with TWO major role models in your life that you learn most of your morals from, they are the ones who help shape you into the person you become as an adult and they are the ones who have the MOST INFLUENCE over who you become as a person; the PARENTS. GTFO my face with that "free will" garbage because you obviously know nothing about psychology AT ALL and this is exactly what I'm talking about. His father's crimes, the same father that taught this boy his values and right from wrong and you say it's just to "some extent?" His mother has severe mental illness, but still, "some extent?" Free will is a garbage argument in this case. Children learn from, are shaped by and guided by their PARENTS who teach them how to be good people. Most parents in this world FAIL at that because they are either bad people themselves, abused as children, don't know what the F they are doing or all of the above. "Free will", take that trash somewhere else. You know nothing of psychology or the effects that child abuse has on children, none, zero. Parents like these who raise kids are the same kids that turn into criminals and bad people as adults. It's basic psychology. If you can't understand that, I'm sorry.
Mike Fisher September 07, 2012 at 09:48 PM
There will ALWAYS be exceptions to the rules, but that is how child psychology works. That's it, right there. Things done to you as a child profoundly affect who you become as an adult. You saying "well, he had free will!" is like telling a drug addict "you have free will, so stop using heroin if you want to stop!" Just as silly because addiction is a DISEASE of the brain just like child abuse causes changes in brain chemistry and development that take YEARS and YEARS of therapy to reverse. Was Gladden in therapy? Were his parents? Would you also tell someone with cancer that he has "free will", so he should just stop having cancer? You just don't understand what you're talking about when it comes to this. Sorry, but this is quite an emotional topic for me for many reasons. I don't mean to snap or be an a-hole towards you and if I have or are, I apologize.
Jimmy September 07, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Mike Fisher, you really do have the wrong information. I have 2 children in the school, both who were in the cafeteria when it happened, both have had him in their classes since 6th grade. One of my children was sitting feet away from him before the shooting and said there was no bullying. He was not bullied, he was a predator. Has been since the first grade. The day he comes back to his home school, he starts a fight with no provocation. He spent his entire 8th grade in Crossroads school. He was in and out of alternative schools prior to that. At the community meeting Tuesday, a parent stated her student went to school with Gladden since first grade and was a problem the whole time. Lockers were not issued untill Wed or thursday, after the shooting. I know what his lawyer said. It's what defense lawyers do - try to insert reasonable doubt. It's how criminals get out of going to jail. His lawyer also said the shots were fired after he was tackled by the teacher. Well the cafeteria has cameras. I am sure the SA would not have charged him with 29 counts of various felony and misdemeanor charges if the cameras didn't back up the initial story. I am sorry the boy has a troubled past. It;s still no reason to bring a gun to school and shoot an innocent boy.
Mike Fisher September 07, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Well, then there seems to be mixed messages as to what was going on at school at this time. Knowing the information about his parents, I'm sure that's where he learned to treat people this way. What people don't understand is kids don't just do these things for no reason. Kids who are abused at home take out their anger on others. I agree completely that it is NO excuse, but it IS a reason. You grow up with criminal and psychologically crazy parents, these are the kinds of kids you get out of it. I don't understand why people don't connect child abuse to incidents like this or people who go through life abusing other people, beating their wives and children and other related things. The connection is REAL. My neighbor and a group of her friends said they had seen people bullying Gladden, but maybe he was the one who started it. Regardless, if Gladden had sane parents, this never happens and these parents should have never been allowed to have kids in the first place.
Mike Fisher September 07, 2012 at 10:12 PM
...and yes, one shot was fired at the kids and the second shot went off while he was being restrained which went up through the ceiling. It is sad when anything like this happens, but for someone with such a history as Gladden, if what you say is true, the parents should be punished as well because THEY are the ones who raised him. I would bet he was bullied and abused at home and he took it out on everyone else at school. This is how it works, people. Think about that next time you strike your child with a fist, a belt or any kind of emotional or sexual abuse. Think about that innocent child you are ruining.
Evets September 07, 2012 at 10:34 PM
One might wonder from which institute of higher learning you earned your degree in child psychology. And is it a B.A. or B.S.? Perhaps a graduate degree?
Other Tim September 08, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Professional police interrogators talked to Robert Gladden, probably for hours, and determined he was not bullied. One poster talked to his neighbor (a student, so I assume a teenager) for 15 minutes and is positive Gladden was bullied. Face the facts.
Evets September 08, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Says Mr. Fisher: "Regardless, if Gladden had sane parents, this never happens and these parents should have never been allowed to have kids in the first place." Never been allowed to have kids!?!?!?!?! We need permission now to have kids?! What an amazing statement.
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Yeah, because police are always told the truth by kids and career criminals. It wasn't just one student, it was many students who witnessed it. Gladden was CERTAINLY bullied and abused at home, probably on a daily basis if he was always having problems with these kinds of things. Those are the facts. No one ever lies to the police, you're right. In all honesty, the truth is probably in the middle somewhere, but his home life is the source of Gladden's mental issues. I don't think there can be any doubt at all about that and THAT is the not only the part people care the least about, but also the most important aspect of this entire situation. I find it curious that he brought 21 extra shells for a double barreled shotgun. What was he planning to do? Use them all? You know how long it takes to reload a two-shot shotgun? Who in the world would give him the time to even reload once. He was only able to get a single shot off towards anyone before people were on him, but he had 21 extra shells? For what? That, to me, is more of a "scare tactic" like.. "look what I have." That is the part that puzzles me. With the arsenal of guns he had at his disposal, why choose a shotgun if he planned on seriously taking massive amounts of lives? Even a pistol would have done more damage or a semi-automatic weapon, but a shot gun with 21 extra shells? That part doesn't add up to me because there's no way he would have even had the chance to even reload that gun a single time.
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Parents who are INCAPABLE of raising kids, parents who are too young to have kids, parents who are career criminals and have severe untreated psychological issues? You're damn right they shouldn't be allowed to have kids because you know what you get? You get Robert Gladden's, that's what you get.
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 02:01 AM
What you people don't understand is that bad parenting produces bad kids and in turn, bad adults. Abusive adults who emulate what their parents did to them and they take it out on everyone else. You want a society where unfit parents are free to raise kids who turn out to be criminals, that's your choice. I choose to NOT live in a society like that. Child abuse is RAMPANT and a huge problem in this country that no one wants to acknowledge, address, or even think about. You want to live in the dark, go right ahead, I have seen more than enough in my life and learned enough about psychology and human behavior just from living life to know this is the truth. It's not the movies, it's not the TV, it's not the music, it's not other kids, it's YOU! As a parent, you SUCK and so does your KID! Why is this not an issue? The answer is because people are completely ignorant to psychology, child abuse and the effect it has on children when they become adults. I've lived it, I've seen it with my own eyes, I've listened to professionals talk about this many times, THOSE are the facts. Child abuse is a SEVERELY traumatic experience that can take DECADES to reverse in talk therapy, sometimes with the help of medication. Just knowing the condition of Gladden's parents tell the whole story.
Evets September 08, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Have you ever used a shotgun, Mr. Fisher? I am not sure exactly what weapon the shooter was using, but I can reload a double barrel 410 SxS shotgun in 3-5 seconds. Now I will admit that that is a long time, certainly long enough for someone to react and stop me, but if I am standing far enough away I could likely reload a number of times before someone stopped me.
Mike Fisher September 08, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Fair enough, but apparently, he was right in the middle of the cafeteria, was he not? He only shot one time when he could have easily shot twice, at least twice. Having 21 extra shells? Of course, he did shoot twice, but the second time, he had people restraining him and the shot went straight up into the air. Gladden had issues, obviously, but if he really wanted to severely injure multiple people, why use a shotgun as opposed to a handgun or semi-auto gun? I don't know, all I know is we can all thank Gladden's parents for raising such a mentally disturbed child. Hopefully, the wounded child survives.
TMR September 08, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Mike Fisher, The only reason Gladden brought a shot gun to school is because that's the only gun he had access to. The other guns, much more "serious" weapons were locked in a safe in his Kingsville home. The Middle River home where Gladden's father lives is where he gained access to the unsecured shot gun and ammunition. Thank God he was unable to get his hands on the other guns. There's no telling what kind of damage he could have done.
Evets September 08, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Yes, his stepfather may be a less than upstanding citizen, but at least he kept his weapons out of the reach of Robert.
Michael September 09, 2012 at 12:57 AM
If you think that that garbage you are spewing is "basic psychology" it is clearly you who know nothing. I have a degree in Criminology, a strong background in psychology and sociology, and years of education in the operation of the criminal justice system. Free will is the basis for the classical school of criminal behavior and is essential for understanding why people behave the way that they do. Anyone who believes that just because you were "brought up that way" means that you have to behave that way is clueless as to the motivation that drives people to act in any way, in any situation. People can rise above the way that they are raised by making a choice. By the same token, people like you use this as an excuse for why people are not responsible for their own actions. The argument of "nature vs. nurture" is not an excuse in the eyes of the law. Next time, try an educated argument, not one laced with abbreviated profanity and incorrect assumptions.
Mike Fisher September 09, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I have been in therapy for abuse that happened to me for most of my life, I've been around people and known people who were abused, I have had exposure to thousands of hours of hearing about young kids, their problems and the predictability of the abuse they sustained that causes people to think and behave the way they do. All I have learned, I have learned from personal experience, psychologists, psychiatrists and being around people who were abused as well as my own abuse which was 24/7 until I was 11 years old and continued in other ways until I was 27 years old. I am HARDLY clueless, however, I am an example that you don't HAVE behave a certain way because of how you were raised, but MOST people do. I've seen it my whole LIFE. Your accolades are commendable and there is certainly truth in what you say in some respects, but if violence and abuse is all you know growing up, the evidence is all around that it CAUSES many of these kids to grow up into abusing adults. Are you now saying the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology is wrong too? http://aacap.org/page.ww?name=When+Children+Have+Children&section=Facts+for+Families
Mike Fisher September 09, 2012 at 01:16 AM
People who are addicts don't have "free will" because they have a disease that DRIVES them to NEED substances to function in everyday life. A child who grows up in an abusive home, any kind of abuse, I don't care what your accolades are, if you're going to say that this abuse does not program a child's brain in an abnormal way, such as in Robert's case, then you are the one spouting nonsense. Some people are able to overcome their abuse and break that cycle as I have chosen to do, but this is not the case for the majority of people. The prison system is a huge example as 84%, that's EIGHTY-FOUR PERCENT were abused as children, yet you're going to sit here and say that it's "free will" and there's no correlation at all? That's nonsense, pure nonsense. This is epidemic in our society. There's plenty of evidence and statistics to show that these abused kids who are abused, sexually for example, and then grow up and sexually abuse their kids and you're saying that's nothing more than free will? No, that's that effect of abnormal brain development as a result of the abuse THEY sustained and did not receive treatment for it. Whatever, I know I come off as a "know it all" considering your accolades, but I have seen, felt, experienced, heard and talked to so many psychiatric professionals about these things over the course of my life that all tells me you're just wrong about that part of your argument.
Jeanne September 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Mike I think you need to check your source, you got a few things wrong. If the person you talked to was in the cafeteria or right outside remember they went through emotional trauma and might not be remembering things correctly, also depending on where you were depended on what you saw. I'm not going to say anything specific about what I was told because that will all come out at his trial. The bottom line is Bobby was wrong to bring a shotgun, amunition, and alcohol into a school, he later loaded it but was only able to get one shot off, after seriously injuring a student. The second shot was not at a person. He did an adult crime and should pay for his crime as an adult. I hope there is something on the books they can charge his parents & stepfather with since they didn't take care of Bobby and do their job as a parent. The school system tried to help him on each level of education but they can only do so much, the school system is not his parents.
ebc September 10, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I agree w/Mike Fisher, so what if some details were wrong! He makes a great point!!!
Steve November 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM
An entire bible of proverbs, life lessons and parables and the only line you can come up with is "an eye for an eye" seriously????? Tell you what, since you know the bible so well, look and see how many time the words forgiveness are used vrs eye for an eye..... I am not excusing what this young man did. He is a young man in need of serious help obviously and a young man who will rightfully have to pay a steep price for his actions. To lock a 15y.o boy up for life who comes from a home that is obviously dysfunctional and a home that clearly did little to nothing in terms of addressing his underlying mental health issues is boderline criminal in itself. Is the goal to exact our pound of flesh here or to server justice. Its sad the way so called Christians act today.
Steve November 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM
It even more disturbing that people fail to understand that this is a case with more than one victim. Your absolutely right. There were multiple opportunities to intervene in this case and prevent a young man from going down a road that would ruin his life. Have you forgotten HE IS FIFTEEN YEARS OLD. He may have had access to help, he may have had access to assistance as you put it, the reality is that NOBODY FORCED A OBVIOUSLY DISTURBED young man to take it. Are we really going to sit here and act as if the kid had all his marbles and was capable of taking the help voluntarily he needed? He is a minor, his parents could have had him committed, could have done an awful lot to help him, instead they chose to engage in documented drug activities and who knows what else. This kids facebook and what was on it, not only the day of the shooting but in the weeks and months leading up to it was pretty clear evidence that this was a tragedy waiting to happen. Far as the counselors, social workers and school laisons, I have a child who had issues at one point and while they pointed us to the resources we needed, they certainly provide no therapy or medication. If we had not FORCED OUR CHILD to be treated then who knows what kind of issue he could have had. Since treatment he went on to be on the honor roll in high school and currently now in college. Maybe if someone in Bobby Gladdens life gave a damn about him, things would have been different.


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