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Bobby Gladden during his attack in the Perry Hall High School cafeteria on August 27, 2012.
Gladden shot twice in the cafeteria. His first shot hit 17 year old Daniel Borowy in the back, critically wounding him. Gladden’s second shot hit the ceiling as he was being subdued by Jesse Wasmer, a guidance counsellor. Gladden’s exact plan for the shooting is unknown but it clearly did not go how he intended it to.
In February, 2013, he was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Shown above is a picture of school shooter Bobby Gladden being interrogated. On August 27, 2012, Bobby entered Perry Hall High School in Maryland and attended his first two classes. During his break time, Bobby proceeded to reassemble and load a 12 gauge shotgun that he had hidden in his backpack, and entered the cafeteria with it concealed under his clothes, pulling it out and firing. Gladden’s bullets struck and critically injured special needs student Daniel Borowy before he was subdued by faculty members, leaving time for the rest of the students to evacuate to a nearby middle school and shopping center. A look at Gladden’s Facebook page revealed Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold as his inspirations, and “Charles Manson, Coming Down Fast” as one of his favorite books. Investigators also stumbled upon a post written a few hours before the shooting stating “first day of school, last day of my life. t(~_~t), fuck the world.” Once apprehended, Gladden began making jokes about how he wished he had participated in the Sandy Hook shooting and about how Borowy had deserved to die. Bobby was also put on suicide watch due to a history of self harm and suicidal ideations on his part, and was soon transferred to a mental treatment facility where he would reportedly laugh while talking about guns and would abuse others. A deeper look into his life prior to the shooting revealed that he was prone to abusing his parents and bullying others, even sending death threats on Facebook to someone who had come out as transsexual. Investigators argued that a possible motive for the shooting was that Bobby wanted to commit suicide by cop after. Gladden was charged with attempted murder and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

This is going to be a long post - I don’t really know where to start. I am trying to sift through hundreds of emails and messages about what happened at Perry Hall High School today. I am speechless and pretty much moved to tears. How is it that there is such a lack of SIMPLE HUMAN DECENCY AND KINDNESS toward one another? How does bullying reach THIS level?? Some people might think that bullying is only between two people and bystanders are not affected. Well that is crap! EVERYONE is affected. I am affected, YOU are affected. TWO lives have been hurt now…the shooter and the victim. RIDICULOUS! I can’t possibly yell it loud enough or say it often enough - BE KIND TO EACH OTHER! It’s EASY, it takes LESS ENERGY than being mean, it’s FREE, and it’s even a way to make YOURSELF feel better. BE KIND, BE KIND, BE KIND!!!! My saying is: YOU CAN BE A HERO TO SOMEONE WHO IS BEING BULLIED JUST BY BEING THEIR FRIEND!!! What if this kid had a friend to talk to??? The outcome may have been SO different. God Bless EVERYONE involved in this. While my foundation team prepares for another Pro Kindness Rally this fall, all I can do in the meantime is pray for everyone to stay safe, and BE KIND. BE the difference for someone!!!!
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Ray Rice, running back on the Baltimore Ravens, speaking on Facebook about today’s shooting.

What a wonderful, wonderful man. Thank you.