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Lawyer: Perry Hall Shooting Suspect Bullied, Intended No Harm

Robert W. Gladden Jr.'s attorney is challenging investigators' account of the Monday shooting.

The attorney representing —the 15-year-old accused of Monday morning—is challenging investigators' narrative of the attack.

George Psoras Jr., whose legal practice is based in , claims that Gladden, a sophomore, was bullied and never intended to harm anyone when he brought a gun into the school's cafeteria, The Associated Press reports.

Psoras said he believes Gladden shot into the floor, and then shot the gun again accidentally when teachers tried to wrestle it away, according to the report.

"The stereotype right now is that we have a Columbine," Psoras told The Associated Press. "It's simply not the case. This is a typical teenager who was just starting this school year. He was being bullied, and the bullying has to stop."

Psoras declined to comment on the case when contacted by Patch on Wednesday.

During a , Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson emphasized that Gladden had cooperated with police after his arrest Monday morning, and investigators did not believe bullying was a factor in the shooting.

The Associated Press also detailed Gladden's Facebook page with a status, written before the attack, that included, "First day of school, last day of my life." It also made reference to mass murderer Charles Manson and included the nickname "SuicidalSmile."

Jasmine Turno, a Perry Hall High freshman, said that two days after the attack, the school retained an eerie feeling. Turno said that if students had been more aware of each other, the shooting may never have happened.

"We know we could have stopped it, and we didn't," she said. "Obviously from his Facebook status, he was upset and suicidal ... we should have watched out for him because he was quiet. Everyone knows you have to watch out for the quiet ones. It's just crazy."

Austin Kahmer, a sophomore and acquaintance of Gladden, said he wouldn't have suspected that he would bring a gun to school.

"I didn't know him super well, but I've talked to him. He was never crazy like that before. He used to be all right, and then I don't know what happened," Kahmer said.

Noah Gaylor, also a sophomore, said he remembered Gladden from when they both attended , but that he was quiet in high school.

"I didn't really talk to him," Gaylor said.

Heather Rankin August 30, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Whats even more sad is the amount of adults out there that also participate in bullying. I still encounter it as an adult. It's very infuriating. Not defending what this kid did, but his life may have sucked and this is how he thought he could deal with it. Which is very sad.
Linda August 30, 2012 at 09:32 PM
This all very interesting. The initial interviews of students on the radio said that the accused was being harassed in the cafeteria by some bullies and that had been a pattern before. Then the report said that the second shot sent off when he was tackled by the school guidance person. All of a sudden, there is no bullying.... and no relation to it. I taught for 31 years in the county in special education and watched children being overlooked even though all the signs were there including a psychological diagnosis. I would love to see the records on the shooter... was he brought up to team? were there home visits? was he receiving in school or out of school counseling? I'm not defending the child's actions, but I feel the schools have some responsibility here.
Rachel August 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM
http://storify.com/Truth/bullying-anywhere-to-anyone-is-wrong
LA August 31, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Children learn morals from their parents' *behavior*, not from where the family spends Sunday mornings or where the kids are sent to school. If you want proof, look at how many people went to parochial schools and attend church regularly and still do things against their respective churches' teachings (a majority of Catholic women use birth control, for example; and during the week of the Born Again Christian music festival "Creation," local drugstores have record sales of condoms to young people). It's not the church or school that determines a person's morals; it's the behavior modeled by their parents when they're young combined with the choices they make as they grow up. You can't force morals onto someone. Christian schools and churches are like food-- food itself doesn't make you fat or thin or healthy or unhealthy; how you use food results in those things, just as how you respond to your environment shapes who you are (especially considering the fact that churches are run by imperfect people who don't always model moral behavior, either). Something went terribly wrong for this young man long ago for him to get to this point, and it's tragic for him and unfortunately moreso for Daniel Borowy. And though whatever happened to Robert was not his fault, his own actions now are 100% his own responsibility to account for. There is no quick fix to preventing this situation in the future. It's going to take a lot of work as a country and in our communities.
Penelope Patch August 31, 2012 at 03:06 AM
My thoughts exactly
Jeanne August 31, 2012 at 04:36 AM
I wouldn't disown my child but I wouldn't spend my money getting an attorney for him. Bobby committed several crimes and does need to pay for them but he also needs help.
Jeanne August 31, 2012 at 04:48 AM
I volunteered for 13 years at public schools and I have never come across a student that is homicidal or suicidal. I always said hello to all the students I was around, including in the hall. I talked to some students that were upset about typical things for their age but none of them felt the need to go that extreme. Some of the comments I heard from parents about students were embarressing and I hope the students didn't hear them.
Jeanne August 31, 2012 at 04:49 AM
You are very wise Jen C
Jeanne August 31, 2012 at 04:59 AM
My husband and I are two differnt religons and we wanted our son to decide for himself what religon he wanted to practice. He went to sunday school with friends but we didn't go to church every week. Our son has been on Honor Roll since 2nd grade, he is an Eagle Scout, and has held a job through out high school and college. He is respectful to everyone unless they give him reason not to, loyal to his family and friends,etc.... We didn't take our son to church every sunday and he is a good person.
Jeanne August 31, 2012 at 05:10 AM
The students hadn't been in school since June so there was no bulling going on for the school to know about on the first day of school so how could the school know? I don't know what happen to Bobby over the summer or the year before but there is no excuse to bring a shotgun and amunition into school. Bobby needs to pay for his crimes but he also needs help starting with getting away from his parents & stepfather. Let's all pray Daniel has a full recovery and the family has a lot of support.
You August 31, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Sick of hearing about bullying! If you are NOT roughed up physically on a daily basis or threatened by means of violence by the same individuals over and over; IT is NOT Bullying. This whole "Dr. Phil" era of bullying being defined as anything a teen doesn't like that a another teen said is BS! (oh no a teen was told shes ugly...she complains of being bullied and wants action or retaliation) Get over it. Its called a normal part of growing up; everyone deals with it one way or another. And if Gladden's "bullying" was a result of kids telling him he looked like a freak? Easy solution. If you dress Goth... you are looking for attention and chances are its not going to be "wow you are so cool and awesome". Also teens (and adults) always hang in groups of people with similar interests and styles. If you are Goth and the school has next to no Goths... well. When I was a teen (14-15) I was a skin head (NO not the racist kind) the working class, single parent family, home alone kind. When the idiot, racist skins took over the image I got a lot of slack from people making false assumptions about me in school. SO, I simply dropped the image (but kept my beliefs in the hard working class morals, being a realist, and saying it like it is). Then suddenly lots of kids in school didn't fear or say negative stuff to me. Solved and don't give me the identity acceptance BS. If you continue to want negative attention in school... you have serious mental issues.
Frank September 01, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Where we're his parents. This kid didn't stand a chance. He couldn't get 1 good parent out of three. Just look at their history.
sherry September 01, 2012 at 04:01 PM
well said Bart
sherry September 01, 2012 at 04:28 PM
okay so everyone has put blame on the parents, the child, the school etc. etc. etc. i myself blame everyone who has ever came in contact with this child, anyone who has ever known him. the fact is we as human beings & as parents over look the obvious. sad to say an innocent boy has been shot by another disturbed child. the answer is it takes a whole tribe to raise a child. Everyone wants to raise the facts now, it's said Bobby Gladden has changed his appearance in the last few year to a Goth like look, it's said that he went from a talkative child to a very quiet to his self human being, these are all signs that were over looked by everyone, parents, teachers, piers, friends, classmates, family members & so on. pointing the finger at who was wrong in the raising & up bringing of Bobby Gladden is not the answer because we are all somewhat to blame by not noticing the signs of these disfunctional children. Bobby gladden is not the first child to act out in rage or violence & we will have a continuious of this violence if we all dont pay attention to the signs these children are giving us, by ignoring it, it will only get worse. i feel for both the children in this situation. my prayers go out to the 17 yr. old was shot & to his family ( may God give him a speedy recovery), he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time but i also pray for Bobby by not getting the proper help & guidance he faces a tougher penalty....
JD1 September 01, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Couldn't we make excuses for most violent criminals? Rough childhood, poverty, abuse, drugs, rotten parents.......we have a system of justice whose job it is to punish individuals that violate our laws in the hope that it will discourage criminal activity. Bobby is an intelligent young man who had full knowledge that if he brought a gun to school, he would face justice. He knew that if he brought ammunition to school, he would subject himself to even more dire consequences. If he only planned to intimidate kids, he would have brought a weapon without ammunition. Along with his Facebook message, he had a plan and motive to harm others. This is an adult crime and he deserves punishment according to the rule of law. If our system chooses to provide rehabilitation, that's great; however, rehabilitation cannot take the place of justice.
Oksana Merryman September 02, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Or on a bus even
Oksana Merryman September 02, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Red Dolphin, I think it's Danny that has the Down syndrome not the shooter.
CDTGUY September 08, 2012 at 07:14 AM
I read with interest the typical rhetoric of an Attorney who has one thing in mind and that is earning his fee to defend his client. My daughter Sabrina had the gun directly aimed at her which was deflected when Mr. Wasmer was able to restrain Gladden. We are blessed that Sabrina was sparred yet saddened for Daniel. Sabrina felt the blast go right past her so I question how sympathetic the Attorney would be if the child shot was one of his kids! Does he truly believe that Gladden took a loaded shotgun to school SIMPLY to scare the other kids! Even an unloaded gun would have scared anyone! My daughter was just interviewed by the Police yesterday and as I sat and listened to her recollect her story and feelings of fear to the Police, I was sickened knowing how close she and other kids came. So Psoras, I hope the puniishment for your client is swift, and severe!.Face it Psoras! Gladden went to school to kill and for no other reason! Haven't we all heard the saying that you never point a gun unless you intend to use it? Gladden intended to kill and did not care whose child he killed! My daughter was almost killed and others as well so let us focus our concern on Daniel's speedy recovery rather than Gladden's problems! I do agree that bullying is an epidemic in our schools and has to be dealt with. YET...death to innocent poeple is not an answer. Thank you Mr. Wasmer for your fast thinking and selfless act of valor.
Ryan Piercy September 13, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I'm not gonna bother defending the poor kid since its clear a large number of criminals have similar issues. I will say that this is another incident which i believe was brought on by the zero tolerance policy. Kids get bullied, that's just life. Kids eventually get enough and strike back, that's also life. When kids cant strike back without expelled they continue to suffer until they'd rather kill or die. no i won't say that's life cause it's death. All i'm saying is by banning violence and ignoring the root problem we only made it worse. I was bullied as a kid and the teachers ignored it to such an extent that when all was said and done after i left half the school was fired. Every day i was assaulted at least once and the only reason i didn't strike back with my fist is cause i couldn't be certain who did it. That and a few times there were so many i couldn't. On a bus at another school some punk drew a knife on me thinking it would intimidate me. Since he was seated behind me i couldn't just take it so i called the bus attendant and it was confiscated, sadly there aren't attendants on most busses. My point is that while i don't know for sure the shooter could have been in the same basic situation. At that point it's impossible to know who is actually innocent. Shooting is an overreaction but in the end if you stop bullying successfully, you stop the shootings. Personally i'm in favor of a "beat up the bully day" where faculty look the other way when bullies get beat.
Doug September 14, 2012 at 09:30 PM
When a kid paints his finger nails black, wears a dog collar to school, and dyes his hair black, he is more than an easy target. If their was strict dress codes and appearance codes and/or uniforms, a lot of this wouldn't happen
JD1 September 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM
School uniforms work and it's a very easy first step
DaughterOfAKing September 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I agree with Joe as well.
DaughterOfAKing September 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Bullying does not have to be physical. Do you have any understanding of how verbal abuse affects a child? Look at children who are verbally abused in the home. It's child abuse. Same with bullying. Wounds heal much faster than the psyche. And healing the psyche takes much more than a band-aid....so to speak.
David White December 04, 2012 at 08:10 PM
This piece of rubbish should never see the light of day. He will be let out and do this type of thing again. Don't expect justice in this case or any other.
Needaname December 12, 2012 at 12:01 PM
.... where is the 'Like' button around here.
Needaname December 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Never give up Bart. Hopefully Bobby can get the help he needs and learns NEW ways of managing his emotions. I can not imagine how he must feel INSIDE. I truly believe deep down people know the difference between right and wrong. Bobby did admit he felt bad and that in itself says there is a scrap of humanity inside.
Buck Harmon December 12, 2012 at 01:50 PM
It's probably a perfectly natural process that we have yet to educate ourselves about... hopefully we are learning..
Red Dolphin December 12, 2012 at 09:52 PM
remember the way we dressed in the 70's ? Bell bottoms and platform shoes ? I myself dressed to emulate Rod Stewart ( or your typical british Rock star) I have to say though it was the "in thing".......... but stillI dont think the way somne one dresses should factor in to how you treat them do you ? or do you say to me "kids do "
Red Dolphin December 12, 2012 at 09:53 PM
im saying I wouldnt let some one try to humilate me fro being different
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