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Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr.

Text messages show Gladden warned of bringing gun to school

Text messages show Gladden warned of bringing gun to school

The night before Robert Gladden Jr. took his father's gun to Perry Hall High School, he texted a friend about the plan, but begged him to keep it a secret. "I am going to bring a shotgun and 21 shells, ill let your imagination do the rest," the 15-year-old Gladden said in a message sent around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26. "And I trust you not to tell anyone about this so please don't." The friend kept silent, according to newly released investigative documents, and Gladden kept his word. On the first day of the academic year, the sophomore smuggled a double-barreled Western Field shotgun into the school. He opened fire in the crowded cafeteria, critically...

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