Teen brings shotgun and alcohol to Maryland school

Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. 
By: Eva Fett 

(Scroll down for video) A student brought along a shotgun and some vodka on the first day of school after posting suicidal notes on Facebook.

The 15-year-old student in a school in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, referred to murder-suicide on Facebook. He has been charged as an adult in the attempted murder of a classmate on the first day of school, authorities said this week.

Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. was held without bail on charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, Baltimore County police said.

The last updated status in his Facebook page, published the morning of the shooting, read: "The first day of school, the last day of my life, f**k the world."

His father said that his son had been bullied. Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson said during a news conference on Tuesday, that he was aware of the bullying reports, but Gladden has not indicated in conversations with detectives that bullying was the motive for the shooting.

Gladden is cooperating with investigators and has undergone a mental health evaluation, Johnson said.

Gladden came to school on a bus Monday morning, with a bag containing a disassembled shotgun, 21 rounds of ammunition and a bottle of vodka, Johnson said.

When he got to school, Gladden addressed his first two classes, Johnson said. On the way to lunch, he hid the bag with the gun in the bathroom, the chief said. Shortly thereafter, he returned to the bathroom and mounted the gun, then hid it under his clothes, Johnson said.

Upon entering the cafeteria, he drew his pistol and fired a shot into a lunch table, according to charging documents. A classmate, Daniel Borowy, who is 17-years-old, was hit in the back.

Teachers and school staff then rushed to the adolescent, and in the struggle, he fired a shot that hit the ceiling, the detectives said in the documents.

Employees were able to get the gun away from him and he was arrested by a school resource officer.



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