UPDATE: Gladden Indicted For Perry Hall High Shooting

Charges against the teen include nine counts of attempted murder.

Updated (5:10 p.m.)—A teen charged as an adult in the shooting at Perry Hall High School faces nine counts of attempted murder as part of an indictment handed up Tuesday by a Baltimore County grand jury.

Robert Gladden Jr. also faces nine counts each of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, as well as one count each of use of a firearm in the commission of a crime and carrying a weapon on school property.

Andrew Piper, Gladden's stepfather, remains . Police searched Piper's home in the hours after the shooting and discovered weapons locked in a safe, according to a statement released by Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger.

Piper also faces drug charges related to the search of his home.

Shellenberger declined to comment on the case beyond the 29-count indictment and the official statement released by his office.

Because of a previous conviction, Piper is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Gladden lived in Kingsville with his mother and Piper. Police believe he obtained the used in the shooting from his father's Middle River home.

Robert Gladden Sr. will not be charged based on available evidence, according to Shellenberger's statement.

Robert Gladden Jr. is charged with nine counts of attempted first-degree murder, first degree assault and reckless endangerment against six students and three Perry Hall High School faculty members including:

  • , a special needs student who was the only person shot in the incident. Bowory remains at Maryland Shock Trauma in serious condition.
  • Jordan Simons, a student.
  • Taylor Desaulniers, a student.
  • Muhammad Waheed, a student.
  • Christopher Brooks, a student.
  • Erma Cellini, a student.
  • , a member of the school faculty credited with disarming Robert Gladden Jr. and holding him for the police.
  • Richard Rosenthal, a faculty member.
  • Kathleen Watkins, a faculty member.

Robert Gladden Jr. will likely be arraigned in the next 30 to 60 days. The teen continues to undergo medical evaluation and a bail review hearing has not been set, according to the statement released.

Mike Fisher September 09, 2012 at 01:16 AM
People who are addicts don't have "free will" because they have a disease that DRIVES them to NEED substances to function in everyday life. A child who grows up in an abusive home, any kind of abuse, I don't care what your accolades are, if you're going to say that this abuse does not program a child's brain in an abnormal way, such as in Robert's case, then you are the one spouting nonsense. Some people are able to overcome their abuse and break that cycle as I have chosen to do, but this is not the case for the majority of people. The prison system is a huge example as 84%, that's EIGHTY-FOUR PERCENT were abused as children, yet you're going to sit here and say that it's "free will" and there's no correlation at all? That's nonsense, pure nonsense. This is epidemic in our society. There's plenty of evidence and statistics to show that these abused kids who are abused, sexually for example, and then grow up and sexually abuse their kids and you're saying that's nothing more than free will? No, that's that effect of abnormal brain development as a result of the abuse THEY sustained and did not receive treatment for it. Whatever, I know I come off as a "know it all" considering your accolades, but I have seen, felt, experienced, heard and talked to so many psychiatric professionals about these things over the course of my life that all tells me you're just wrong about that part of your argument.
Jeanne September 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Mike I think you need to check your source, you got a few things wrong. If the person you talked to was in the cafeteria or right outside remember they went through emotional trauma and might not be remembering things correctly, also depending on where you were depended on what you saw. I'm not going to say anything specific about what I was told because that will all come out at his trial. The bottom line is Bobby was wrong to bring a shotgun, amunition, and alcohol into a school, he later loaded it but was only able to get one shot off, after seriously injuring a student. The second shot was not at a person. He did an adult crime and should pay for his crime as an adult. I hope there is something on the books they can charge his parents & stepfather with since they didn't take care of Bobby and do their job as a parent. The school system tried to help him on each level of education but they can only do so much, the school system is not his parents.
ebc September 10, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I agree w/Mike Fisher, so what if some details were wrong! He makes a great point!!!
Steve November 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM
An entire bible of proverbs, life lessons and parables and the only line you can come up with is "an eye for an eye" seriously????? Tell you what, since you know the bible so well, look and see how many time the words forgiveness are used vrs eye for an eye..... I am not excusing what this young man did. He is a young man in need of serious help obviously and a young man who will rightfully have to pay a steep price for his actions. To lock a 15y.o boy up for life who comes from a home that is obviously dysfunctional and a home that clearly did little to nothing in terms of addressing his underlying mental health issues is boderline criminal in itself. Is the goal to exact our pound of flesh here or to server justice. Its sad the way so called Christians act today.
Steve November 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM
It even more disturbing that people fail to understand that this is a case with more than one victim. Your absolutely right. There were multiple opportunities to intervene in this case and prevent a young man from going down a road that would ruin his life. Have you forgotten HE IS FIFTEEN YEARS OLD. He may have had access to help, he may have had access to assistance as you put it, the reality is that NOBODY FORCED A OBVIOUSLY DISTURBED young man to take it. Are we really going to sit here and act as if the kid had all his marbles and was capable of taking the help voluntarily he needed? He is a minor, his parents could have had him committed, could have done an awful lot to help him, instead they chose to engage in documented drug activities and who knows what else. This kids facebook and what was on it, not only the day of the shooting but in the weeks and months leading up to it was pretty clear evidence that this was a tragedy waiting to happen. Far as the counselors, social workers and school laisons, I have a child who had issues at one point and while they pointed us to the resources we needed, they certainly provide no therapy or medication. If we had not FORCED OUR CHILD to be treated then who knows what kind of issue he could have had. Since treatment he went on to be on the honor roll in high school and currently now in college. Maybe if someone in Bobby Gladdens life gave a damn about him, things would have been different.


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