Towson, MD – A school shooting in Maryland has led to the arrest of a student.
Robert Gladden Jr., a high school sophomore, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison as of Monday. Gladden opened fire in a high school cafeteria, injuring a student with Down syndrome. Daniel Borowy, 17, was wounded in the back with a shotgun on the first day of school on August 27. Borowy was out of school for two months healing from the school shooting.
As part of a deal with prosecutors, 15-year-old Robert Gladden Jr. pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder last week.
According to the Huffington Post, Attorney John Cox said Robert Gladden Jr. was sentenced for attempted homicide with a firearm at Perry Hall High School outside Baltimore last year.
No one else was hurt in the incident, as a second gunshot meant to subdue Robert Gladden Jr. struck the ceiling. After Gladden was removed for questioning, authorities found a suicide note in his pocket.
According to CBS News, Robert Gladden Jr. told the police:
“I didn’t have any one person that I was trying to kill. I just turned to the side and shot. About two months ago I was just going to kill myself, but then I realized it wouldn’t get the point across.”
Robert Gladden Jr.’s lawyer George Psoras mused:
“We don’t penalize people with mental illness, and now what we’re doing – we’re penalizing people with mental illness.”
How do you feel about the Maryland high school student being arrested for the school shooting?
— Oran Jones (@YouGotTheJuice) February 26, 2013