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'It Brought Back Some Terror': Perry Hall Alumnus on Stevenson Lockdown

The report of an armed person at Stevenson University struck a chord.

Josh Cho, class of 2013 at Perry Hall, talked to WJZ Channel 13 at Stevenson University on March 31, 2014.
Josh Cho, class of 2013 at Perry Hall, talked to WJZ Channel 13 at Stevenson University on March 31, 2014.

The lockdown at Stevenson University Monday afternoon stirred up memories for at least one student who attended Perry Hall High School during the shooting there in 2012.

"It brought back some terror or fear of something happening bad," Josh Cho told WJZ Channel 13, after a three-hour lockdown at Stevenson's campus in Owings Mills, where it was reported there was a person with a gun.

Cho was in the class of 2013 at Perry Hall, where—on the first day of school in 2012—a sophomore entered the cafeteria, pulled out a gun and shot one student.

Gunman Robert Gladden, 16, who is now serving a 35-year prison sentence, told police he selected the cafeteria as his venue because "there are a lot of people there."

In an interview on the afternoon of Aug. 27, 2012, the day the shooting took place, Gladden told police: "I drank a little bit of vodka ... came out of the bathroom ... into the cafeteria ... pulled [the gun] out from under my shirt, then pulled the trigger. Then a teacher came and pushed me up against the vending machine," Gladden said. "I pulled it again just to see if they would let go."

He said he had 21 bullets and intended to use them on others, saving the last one for himself. One student—Daniel Borowy—was shot in the back, and he survived.

The incident at Stevenson University on Monday did not involve anyone being shot or injured, according to police. Two students had been hunting ducks and geese near the Owings Mills campus, according to police, who said charges would not be filed.

"It appears that the incident was caused by two students who had poor judgment of hunting in the woods with two BB rifles near campus," the university president said. "While we are relieved with this safe outcome, this has been a sobering experience for us and our families. This reminds us all of the importance of our 'see something, say something' mantra. Nothing is more important than your safety."

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