15-Year-Old High School Shooter Identified
15-year-old Robert Wayne Gladden Jr., the suspect in this week’s high school shooting has been identified and posted a telling Facebook message before he brought the gun to school.
The teen, self-nicknamed SuicidalSmile updated his status in a fashion that’s slightly unusual for the average emo teen. He wrote: “First day of school, last day of my life. t(~_~t), fuck the world”
After the teen shot 17-year-old classmate and special needs student Daniel Borow, school staff members were able to tackle him to the ground before he did further damage. Police later told AP that Gladden came not only with a shotgun, but also 21 rounds of ammunition and a bottle of vodka.
As they were investigating the shooting, police searched Gladden’s mom’s home and found 11 guns belonging to his stepfather, although interesting enough, the shotgun Gladden used belonged to his father.
Police have uncovered no motive behind the shooting, although a Tumblr poster dazzleme wrote in the teen’s defense. “He isn’t a psycho, or a monster or anything that you may think he is,” the user said. “I know Bobby and he isn’t the type of kid to just go and randomly shoot people. He’s the kid that makes you laugh. He was bullied often and I believe that he just could not take it anymore.”
Gladden is now charged with attempted first-degree murder.