Judge to Reconsider Gladden's Bail Following Mental Evaluation

The teen indicted in shooting at Perry Hall High School has 30 days to re-apply for bail.

UPDATED (11:30 a.m.)—The teen accused in the August shooting at Perry Hall High School remains in jail following a bail review hearing.

Robert W. Gladden Jr. will remain in jail until the release of a mental health evaluation in his case, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge John Grason Turnbull III ruled Thursday.

Gladden, 15,  including attempted first-degree murder and assault related to the Aug. 27 shooting incident at Perry Hall High School.

Columbia attorney Clarke Ahlers, who is representing Gladden, elaborated on the judge's decision. "The child, as you know, has been reported to be suicidal and we would need to know that or would have to take it into consideration," Ahlers said.

Turnbull said the mental health report must be submitted by state officials within 30 days. Gladden could re-apply for bail at that time.

Gladden appeared in court for the hearing sporting the same long brown hair shown in his booking photo. He wore shackles and and a black t-shirt with the words "Rock Republic" on the back. He stood at the table reserved for defendants and did not speak.

The teen was released to the Baltimore County Detention Center yesterday where he remains on suicide watch.

Ahlers said Gladden has asked about the condition of Daniel Borowy, the 17-year-old Perry Hall student injured in the shooting and "expressed deep sorrow for the child that was injured in this case and for his conduct in this case."

"I'm not positive exactly what his motivation is and I don't think he's positive exactly what his motivation was. You're dealing with a child who was primarily motivated to commit suicide by cop," Ahlers said. "What he was doing was acting out in a terrible fashion in the hopes that someone other than him would pull the trigger on him and that he would perish."

Ahlers also extended Gladden's family's "thoughts and prayers" to the family of Borowy.

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Robert W. Gladden Jr. will remain in jail pending the release of a mental health evaluation.

Gladden, 15, including attempted first-degree murder and assault related to the Aug. 27 shooting incident at Perry Hall High School.

At a Thursday morning hearing, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge John Grason Turnbull said the report must be completed within 30 days. Gladden could re-apply for bail at that time.

Gladden appeared in court for the hearing sporting the same long hair in his booking photo. He wore shackles and and a black t-shirt with the words "Rock Republic" on the back. He stood at the table reserved for defendants and did not speak.

The teen was released to the Baltimore County Detention Center yesterday where he remains on suicide watch.

Stay with Patch for updates on this story.

Gomer Pyle September 14, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Your "son" let a "girl" corner him in a closet and beat him with a tennis racket? Then you say that they ended up dating? I'm not sure what is more pathetic, your son getting beat up by a girl or a parent that would allow their child to date someone who physically abused them.
TMR September 14, 2012 at 07:43 PM
EG, Just curious, don't you feel a need to keep your children safe from a known threat such as Gladden. BCPS policy states that a student may return to school after one year's expulsion after using a firearm on school property. Do you want YOUR child riding the bus with Gladden? Do you want YOUR child sitting next to him in Math class? Do you want YOUR child eating lunch with him in the cafeteria? The excuses are what led to this problem to begin with. He was given access to a social worker, a guidance counselor and a school liason. How many chances to you give someone. Don't you think it's enough already? At some point Gladden should be kept away from society. At what point do you think that is???
Gomer Pyle September 14, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Actually, I now feel very pathetic that I fell for the troll known as E G. Good job, you had a lot of us going for a while there.
Balt Observer September 14, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Indeed. If it is actually true, there are some weird psychiatric issues going on in that household.
Guest September 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM
He fired the first shot. It did not go off accidentally. The second shot went into the ceiling of the school. This is fact.
tocrazy September 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM
EG - have you ever heard of a sociopath? Gladden is a sociopath! My source, who has had bobby as a student in the past, had told me he could/can be quite the charmer. I do think the boys parents are mostly to blame. How can you not see your child is well,...... On the path of being pyscho! I've known his mother in the past, went to school together. Anyway, she divorces Bobby's father because he's abusive. Then she marries another bum!!! Way to go mom!!! That's looking out for your children's best interest! I do pray & hope bobby does get the help he needs, but how many sociopaths have we seen get better?
E G September 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Gomer Pyle your icon is fitting. Your a complete moron. I have said multiple times this kid should have been pulled out of social circulation years ago by the responsible adults. He should never have been allowed to attend PHH. The kids that witnessed the horror, I feel extremely bad for, so don't mistake my feelings as being cold for them and all warm and fuzzy for Bobby. EVERYONE suffered by the lack of adult responsibility to help that kid and keep him away from your kids. They could have avoided this entirely and saved Daniel injury, the kids nightmares and Bobby life in prison tortured inside his own head. The only thing I will take back is that Daniel was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I meant to imply that him being the injured person was not personal. So however you want to say it...Daniel was in the RIGHT place at a bad time or Bobby was in the wrong place every time. All of the kids are victims in this but only Daniel and the witnessed are being pampered for trauma. What about Bobby? Who's gonna make him allright? He needs help too. Smh.
Balt Observer September 14, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Who's gonna make Bobby alright? Well, he wants to be a thug. There are plenty of thugs where he's going that will help him out with his wishes.
E G September 14, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Your likely right. It's a shame and I gotta stop thinking about it cuz it's too depressing. I wonder how his mom feels right now. And I bet behind his delusioned thug appearance he is a scared little boy who can't figure out why he is even alive. If he ends up in prison I would have to sadly say I hope he learns to tie his shoe laces and whatever comes after is better than what he got here. I will forever remember Bobby and my heart aches for children like him. Have a nice night all. If you have kids, give them an extra hug and check their Facebook page. I'm out.
Jeanne September 15, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Hi E.G. I do have a child and I am very proud of him. I have been a volunteer in B.C.P.S. for 15 years now and have a degree in early childhod education. I have been around students, over the years, that have a terrible home life but not one of them brought a gun or any other weapon to school. Bobby brought 21 shellcases because the last one he wanted to use on himself. He wanted to use the other 20 on students, staff, or causing damage. What he did do was load the shotgun and shoot a young man (my understanding is Daniel was never his target) and if it weren't for a guidance counselor who stopped him from shooting another student who knows how many people he would have shot. The shooting caused panic and in the panic other people were injured. There was never a report of Bobby asking about the boy he shoot or their family until he got a lawyer so we know that is the lawyer talking. Bobby was well aware of what he was doing, he had too much time from getting on the bus til when he was stopped to think about what he was doing and he did it anyway. You are right Bobby does need help but he also needs to go to jail for what he did.
Jeanne September 15, 2012 at 01:37 AM
EG if any students went to school with Bobby they know his history and as far as being treated for it the school system did try but they can only do so much, they are not his parents. Again this goes back to the parents, how did he get out the door of his father's and possibly his mother's house with a shotgun, 21 shellcases, a bottle of vodka on any day? (I say possibly his mothers because we know he got the shotgun from his fathers house but I dont know which house he was at that morning) Why wasn't the facebook checked by his parents or one of the 14 friends he had that morning say something to an adult? Both good questions but I don't think we will ever get the answers. Yes Bobby needs help but he ALSO needs to pay for his adult crimes and go to jail. You have to understand Bobby is a minor so his parents were made aware of all the problems, had to sign lots of things and still did nothing. Bobby is NOT a child and needs to pay as an adult.
Jeanne September 15, 2012 at 01:46 AM
You need to give kids more credit, they understand more then you think. Most of the teenagers I am around understand you have to go to the doctors for a check up, they understand you have to pay your bills on time in full, they understand they have to do their studies or get a lower grade, if you have a job you can't be late and have to follow the rules or you get fired. Why doesn't your 14 year old son understand such common sense things? Not trying to be mean just don't understand.
Jeanne September 15, 2012 at 01:59 AM
A school age child/teenager has the righ to an education and it can not be taken from them for extended times because of behavior. That is why they have these other schools they are sent to & Bobby attended but if the student appears to be okay they can not leave him in these schools til graduation. Also because Bobby is a minor at least on of his parents had to sign off on everything so they were aware of what was going on. Don't blame the school system blame the parents.
E G September 15, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Jeanne, my 14 yr old son is in every GT class and can solve math problems in his head faster than I can repeat them but he can't tell the difference between sarcasm and seriousness and doesn't always remember to look both ways before crossing the street. My 13 yr old son is small and frail and KIND and LOVING. He is brilliant also but if I don't remind him daily he would forget to wear a shirt to school. My 11 yr old son is normal, smart and could remind both of his brothers of when their doctors appointments are and what vaccinations they need. My 5 yr old son is sweet, smart and a pathological liar, my 3 yr old son is smarter than all of them put together. Combined the whole lot scares the crap out of me. All of these kids grew up together with the same environment, same love and medical attention. I know that there is something WRONG inside their brains. Something is not lighting up in there. It doesn't make MY kids dangerous but it makes them DIFFERENT. I have mental issues also. I KNOW what it feels like in there. I am only saying that I know a lot of kids have troubled lives and they didn't shoot anyone does not mean those kids had nureological problems. I fully can relate to Bobby and the very high possibility the poor boy has a real medical problem and it was mistaken for disrespect and evil when really something upstairs just wasn't working right. I dunno. Just a mommy thing.
Joan M Erline September 16, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Bobby is obviously troubled but if the chance exists he could be tried as a juvenille is ridiculous. Where are the rights of the victim? He will suffer with the effects of this for the rest of his life.
JP September 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
TMZ, I am with you, my son was in the cafeteria that day, and still has issues about it. We have taken the correct steps to get him help, where were the parents of Bobby? The Mother ended up with a guy that has a record longer than Bobby's father. The step father has over 20 recorded run ins with the law, one by the way was attempted murder.. With all of the issues Bobby had in school, why didn't someone give the parents some type of psychological testing? They clearly were not able to handle a child like that. They couldn't even handle their own lives. I am MAD that a child like that was allowed to remain in the care and custody of a couple idiot adults.....
Jeanne September 17, 2012 at 05:41 PM
JP I wish your son a full recovery, I am glad he wasn't physically hurt but everyones emotions were effected. One of the things I said in another post was it was a shame the state/county didn't take Bobby from his home life. Between his father's and step-father's arrest records and problems with his Mother I think someone dropped the ball not doing something about getting Bobby a better home enviroment.Sadly with very little warning it is easy to fake people out when they come to check your house so this might have been tried and they got faked out. I do think Bobby needs help and I don't think he will get the right kind of help in jail but because of the crimes he knowingly commited he belongs in jail.
PerryHallParent September 17, 2012 at 06:07 PM
E G, there were early reports that Bobby was in therapy after his parent's divorce. Unless you are his parent, caregiver or therapist, how do you know if he has ever had prescriptions or what his condition is? I have two children with developmental disabilities and there is no guarantee that someone with or without a "condition" of any kind could snap. Decent, hardworking people who have never exhibited a violent moment in their lives have shown up and killed their former boss who handed down a lay off notice. Men have lost their jobs and faced the loss of their home and the inability to provide for their family and shot them all in a fit of sudden depression and anguish. There is no precursor to predict this sort of thing. Just because he had to eat wonder bread instead of Nature's promise and canned corn instead of green beans has nothing to do with this. He brought that gun to school to KILL SOMEONE. If you just want "suicide by cop" then why bring all those shells? I have decades of experience with mental illness and children with special needs, so you so obviously have an agenda here pertaining to this boy. Blame belongs with Bobby and those who chose to raise him the way they did have to live with themselves. I cannot believe you said that Daniel was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was a young man eating lunch in school. No one said "no compassion for Bobby" but please, he's guilty.
PerryHallParent September 17, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Why would anyone be executing him? He didn't kill anyone. ????
E G September 17, 2012 at 11:03 PM
PerryHallParent, If he was on meds and in therapy they would have reported it as such and it would have been a whole different story of the mental patient that snapped. It was rather reported that the suicide murder punk teen who's parents had gun signs on their front door viciously attempted to assasinate an innocent boy in school. You obviously did not read my other post where I said i did not mean Daniel was in the wrong place at the wrong time as if he was not allowed in school. I meant it only that Daniel was not specifically targeted for a reason. He was in the right place, obviously being in school as required, but it turned out to be the "wrong place" to be standing that day if you don't wanna get shot by the disturbed classmate. Ok? So if you really think that I think Bobby is wonderful and Daniel was dumb for being in school, you can't read.
ginger macknight September 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM
. This is a child who had a terrible life from birth with father and stepfather involved in guns and drugs and crimes and violence. That was his home. Isn;t it interesting that the kids knew he was being bullied and harassed and humiliated but not one teacher ever saw anything? Not one teacher or adult or school counselor that he had in his 10 years of schooling could ever think of one single positive thing to say about him! Not one. What happened to the bullies who were making his life in school a hell? They are the catalysts who are causing so much friction and desperation in children and students who have no adults to guide them. Why wasn't the father or step father who practically placed the rifle into his hands not charged. They couldn't charge the father or step father or the bullies or the teachers to whom he was invisible but they charge this boy with VODKA!!!! That just shows he is getting railroaded. He is a child and they want to murder him by the law of our state? They think that he should be in prison with drug pushers and murderers and thugs and rapists. Guess what is going to happen to him? I would commit suicide if that was my horrible future. I pray for him and for miracle against this mob.
ginger macknight September 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM
What would have happened if his father or stepfather had not left his rifle ready for the taking? What would have happened if those bullies had not bothered him or humiliated him in public by throwing food at him and laughed at him so everyone could see that he was a loser? What would have happened if his parents had paid attention to him while those wild fights were going on in front of a toddler and baby and first grader.... had not witnessed the madness and the violence? What would have happened if a single teacher had noticed his change of clothes and dyeing of his hair and had bothered to ask a question of him that showed an element of concern. What would have happened if the school had taken an proactive stance and given the kids questionnaires regarding bullying and asked : Did you recently see any bullying taking place in school? Who was involved? Who was doing the bullying? Who was being bullied? etc.
Deborah September 25, 2012 at 03:21 PM
When did people change into these uncaring and cruel beings? Was it when you decided to take God out of your schools? These boys are both God's creations and He loves them both. Try love instead of judgement!
Ashley September 25, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Listen, Religon has no place in public schools. There are too many people of too many faiths that attend them and that has nothing to do with the issue at hand. You want God in your children's life then you can send them to a private school or enroll them in Sunday school. It is not anyone's place to force their religion/beliefs on someone else. Aside from that, I don't feel most people have been cruel here. That boy is a danger to others and also has no place in public schools.
Jimmy September 25, 2012 at 11:27 PM
We really need to put the notion he was bullied to rest. HE WAS NOT BULLIED - HE WAS THE BULLY!!! Ask anyone he went to elementary school with, ask the administrators that sent him to an alternative school for most of the 8th grade. Ask the HS principal. MANY teachers saw what was going on. That is why he was in and out of alternative schools throughout Middle school. The kids in his grade were happy every time he got suspended (translated more than just a couple of times)because there was less bullying going on. As far as giving the kids questionnaires, the anti bullying program in the school system is non-existant. It ammounts to lets put the bully and the child that was bullied in fromt of each other and saying, "shake hands and agree not to do it again". It's a disgrace! Let's all take off our rose colored glasses and take a dose of reality.
FIFA September 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Amen <[:-)
sj September 28, 2012 at 03:39 PM
this is true...and yes this child was bullied by many different ppl, students and family..this child acted out as the only way he knew how...i blame his parentsand the school system for not getting him the appropriate help that he needed before it got to this point...he said he wanted to die by the cops but i also believe if he did not intend to harm any students then he would have brought an empty gun, if it was really his intentions. we may never know exatly what was in his mind but what i do know is that we as a community need to wake up and pay attention to the generation and give them the guidance and help that they need before something tragic like this happen. let this be a lesson to all! words do hurt, and they cut deep, but guns in the wrong hands take lives. cure the problem before it festures into situations like this.
cl October 16, 2012 at 04:02 AM
What most of you ignorant people are failing to realize is location!! I went to phhs and while I was there numerous kids carried guns. I would bet a lot that the kids who were bullying Bobby carried guns themselves. Take overlea high for example...right around the corner and they have metal detectors, u have to wear a see through backpack, and they even have their own police precinct ran right out of the school. I bet half of you dumb people have never even been to Baltimore and would be so scared you'd be locking your car doors once inside the city limits. Yes it was wrong to bring a gun to school but kids in this area do it and flaunt them all the time. His first shot was a warning shot that's it!!! When dumb ass Jesse wasmer tackled him was when the gun fired the bullet that hit the kid. Proven fact because numerous kids that were there are saying the same thing get your facts straight. For this boy who was alone and intimidated by kids with guns the story isn't far fetched. Almost all of the charges need to be dropped and reckless endangerment sound more about right as well as charging him as a JUVENILE!!!!! You guys live in nice suburbia and know nothing about Baltimore. Do some homework and shut up about something you know NOTHING about!!! Free Bobby!!!!!!
cl October 16, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Forgot to mention when I was a sixth grader at phmiddle one of my classmates got expelled for having a stun gun...hello?!
Jeanne October 16, 2012 at 02:41 PM
You are the "ignorant" person. Bobby was not being bullied, he was the bully. Bobby was also rude to people who tried to be nice to him. He has a long history of being a problem. The first shot was in fact not a warning shot and did hit Daniel in the back, other students would have been shot if it wasn't for Jesse Wasmer stopping Bobby. Get your facts straight before you mouth off and sound nasty. Bobby was not "alone" many people tried to help him but he ignored them all. Bobb was not "intimidated" in school. PHHS is in Baltimore County not Baltimore City and it is a good area were people do not run around with guns showing them to people. Bobby brought a shotgun and a lot of amunition to school. He loaded the shotgun and shot another student and was stopped before he could shoot anyone else. Bobby seriously injured Daniel and other students were physically injured as well. Bobby needs to go to jail for his crimes.


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