Yesterday was the first day of classes at Perry Hall High School near Baltimore. It’s a day that students of the school will never forget.
A 17-year-old student (who some reports say has Down syndrome) is currently at a Maryland hospital in critical condition after being shot. Authorities say the shooter walked into his school’s cafeteria at about 10:45 on Monday morning carrying a shotgun and opened fire. He got off a few shots, but was then tackled and subdued by a pair of heroic teachers.
The suspected shooter is 15-year-old student Bobby Gladden (full name: Robert Wayne Gladden Jr.). He is currently in police custody.
Normally, the team at Manolith would refrain from posting any details about a minor suspected in a crime. In this case, authorities have Gladden in custody and have announced that they plan to charge him as an adult. We will follow suit and proceed without the protection we would normally afford a minor.
A Facebook page allegedly belonging to Gladden is making the rounds today and it is quite disturbing. As of this time, it’s completely public.
The page lists Gladden’s occupation as “murder suicide at The Manson Family.” It lists Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold (the Columbine shooters) as inspirational people.
The last status update on the page was posted yesterday morning. It reads, simply and ominously: “First day of school, last day of my life. t(~_~t), f*ck the world”
There are only a few photos of Gladden on the page and none show much of his face:
A picture of Gladden being arrested after opening fire at Perry Hall was taken by someone who was in the area at the time. The unique shirt worn by the individual in the photo seems to confirm that it is, indeed, Gladden:
Gladden’s preliminary hearing will take place on September 7th. He is being charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault.