The first day of school is an important time for parents and their children. Some are starting first grade, some are starting high school. Both are developmental levels in a child and parent’s life that they won’t soon forget. But, when the school year starts with a child being shot in the cafeteria, that cannot ever be erased from the annals of the human mind.
The Baltimore Sun reported that police said 15-year-old Robert Gladden Jr. brought a double-barrel shotgun to school and fired it during lunch, hitting Daniel Borowy, a 17-year-old student with down syndrome at Perry Hall High School located in the Perry Hall suburb of Baltimore. Borowy was struck in the back while in the school’s cafeteria and immediately placed in critical condition.
Borowy’s father, Milton Borowy, spoke with reporters about his son’s condition, but also commenting on the shooter:
“Obviously, he’s a troubled young man, and I hope that he gets the help that he needs,” the victim’s father, Milton Borowy, said Thursday. “I’m not trying to be forgiving. We’re hurting. My son is hurting. But that’s for the legal system, for the police and the lawyers — for them to all do what they need to do.”
The victim may even get a visit from Lady Gaga. His friends have been on Facebook pursuing Lady Gaga for a personal trip to his hospital room, but it seems that she is on tour overseas and she may get a gift through the mail to him.
The shooter is being depicted as “troubled” and that he may have even be bullied. But, something isn’t adding up. If he was bullied, why didn’t he take it out on someone who had bullied him? And was the bullying going on over the whole summer? Why didn’t anyone report that he was acting “strange” BEFORE the shooting? That there had been instances where other students saw him being bullied or mistreated or that he was a little strange, maybe because of something going on at home. I know, I know, in a perfect world we would be checking and telling someone in authority. I guess we’re not there, yet.
Read more details on the shooting here.