Interrogation Footage Reveals Disturbing Details About Perry Hall Shooter

Robert Gladden, 15, was recently sentenced to 35 years in prison for the late August shooting at Perry Hall High School.

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Following the sentencing of convicted Perry Hall High School shooter Robert Gladden, the Baltimore County states attorney's office released video of the troubled teen's interrogation, which occurred shortly after his arrest.

Speaking to two sets of investigators, Gladden, 15, describes the shooting in detail: how he hid the gun in his backpack, told two friends to leave the cafeteria, assembled the weapon in a bathroom, walked back into the school's cafeteria and opened fire and how a guidance counselor pinned him against a vending machine bringing the shooting to a stop.

In the first of the videos, the time is noted as 3:30 p.m. Aug. 27—hours after the shooting occurred.

At one point, asked by investigators when he started to have suicidal thoughts, Gladden replies, "fourth grade."

Investigators asked him whether he would repeat his actions and Gladden replies, on separate occasions, that if he could change the past he would have fired the first shot then turned the weapon on himself or that he would simply have taken his own life.

Gladden was recently sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Stop Crime March 01, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Now he's going to go to prison and learn to do it better next time.
MJB March 01, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Evets, your ignorance is showing. Certain crimes are automatic waivers and no court is needed and as another poster pointed out parents don't need to be present for an interrogation anyway. Second, "teach your kids that the police are not on your side", great lesson. When your kid is hurt and lost they will be afraid of the people who are there to help them but you will teach them otherwise. Darwinism at its best, end that shallow gene pool quick. Maybe the lesson should be to treat people with respect and don't be a criminal that way understanding Miranda rights can stay low on the list of childhood accomplishments.
buck horowitz March 01, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Based on the questions by the investigators, I did not think at this point in the timeline that any charges have been determined - juvenile or adult.
buck horowitz March 01, 2013 at 02:18 PM
@Evets. Agree with 3. My son, under 18, was detained some years back. Mis-identified by two bank witnesses of bank robbery of M&T bank on walther blvd. it so happens he left gold's gym at same time of purported robbery. The real crook was a bank teller trying to cover her embezzlement who made up the whole robbery scenario!, So you don't have to be a criminal to be accused of one(mjb). My advice also, lawyer-up and keep quiet.
Jimmy March 01, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Did you watch the interview? There was no remorse, never said he was sorry and said he would do it again....REALLY? You think 6 years in a juvenile facility is where he needs to be...REALLY?
CP March 01, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Excessive? He tried to commit mass murder!!!
Just my opinion March 01, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Why post this? I would much rather not give more credence to someone already convicted. Let's not glorify the criminal and perhaps look at the victim(s). How is Daniel doing? What's new with Mr. Wasmer? How is the senior class of PHHS getting ready to graduate? Let's look at lives well lived and stop trying to get a rise out of the citizenry by rehashing negativity. Come on Patch, there is so much better to write about. Sharpen those journalistic minds!
Aimee March 01, 2013 at 05:03 PM
At the time these video interrogations were taken, he was not yet charged as an adult. I was thinking that his attorney was going to have these interrogations stricken because his parents/attorney were not present.
Gabriel Anthony March 01, 2013 at 05:16 PM
He needs help and i hope after he gets out that he is a changed man. I think 35 is long myself but that is my opinion as i can see why others think it should be longer. Depression to me is nonsense. Commercials and people trying to sell medicine will continue to say people are depressed so you can take there meds. Go to a country like Syria or the Philippines or Africa and you will understand that depression should exist in those countries yet they don't. We all get depressed with isolated situations in our life but to say you are depressed your whole life is bull.
Loomis March 01, 2013 at 05:44 PM
he needs to be in jail a lot longer than 35 years...he will definitely be a menace to society when he comes out
Kim March 01, 2013 at 07:34 PM
OMG....THIS VIDEO ENRAGES ME. First of all, why is the available to the pubic? This child has such a flat affect and is CLEARLY DEPRESSED. Within the fist one minute of this video, he said more than once that HE wanted to die and die as young as the 4th grade. I think it should be a LAW that no one ever speak unless an attorney is present with you. He will never survive an adult prison and we will probably be reading that he either committed suicide or murdered. PLEASE do not dispute MY opinion to all of the "He got what he deserves people" I am in no way defending his actions and an innocent child suffered greatly however, this child is clearly suffering also and will never never ever get the treatment that he so needs. My heart breaks for this child as well as the one who was shot.
wilbur jones March 01, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Hey stop crime maybe if he didn't get 35 years he could get out and kill you. He deserves every year of it
DGAF March 01, 2013 at 07:58 PM
This kid deserves everything coming to him.
Kim March 01, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Hey Wilbur and DGAF, you must be officers of the law. You seem to have the same almighty mentality.
DGAF March 01, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Kim im guessing your a psychologist ? Or just someone that thinks their opinion matters?
Kim March 01, 2013 at 08:08 PM
It does matter...just like yours does
DGAF March 01, 2013 at 08:09 PM
You didnt answer the first question though? "PLEASE do not dispute MY opinion to all of the "He got what he deserves people" I am in no way defending his actions and an innocent child suffered greatly however, this child is clearly suffering also and will never never ever get the treatment that he so needs. My heart breaks for this child as well as the one who was shot." Just wondering as to how you know this kids suffering?
Ashley March 01, 2013 at 09:10 PM
He doesn't deserve sympathy. He gave up that when he attempted to mass murder his classmates. He could have taken any number of paths in life. He chose this one.
Terri Stafford March 01, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I know this boy committed a terrible crime. He grew up very poorly parented. He was very sick but was never given any help. I feel terribly sorry for him and the school children & workers there.
Stop Crime March 01, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Yes, juvie will be where he gets help. If you would actually research the adult prison system you'll see that help is hard to get there.
Walter March 01, 2013 at 11:38 PM
I can't believe Patch is publishing the names of minors mentioned by Gladden.
You March 01, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Why is this piece of S**t still getting media time? WHO CARES! Focus on the victim and supporting him! Move on and let the long haired "misunderstood" freak get his punishment in jail. Good riddens! Please get back to the news and leave this long hair to rot.
al walker March 02, 2013 at 05:23 PM
do parents not see their children are having issues? this young man states a few times he has been this way since 4th grade and cutting himself since 6th grade. proof parents do not pay attention nor care about the needs of their kids. they should be held responsible. feel sorry for the little ones those parents have now. maybe they will learn what to do and not to do with them.
teacher March 02, 2013 at 06:36 PM
FYI- Bobby went to the elementary school where I teach. He was showing "issues" even back then and his mother did actually try and get help for him. She was very involved with the school- she volunteered, etc. and did listen to us when we talked with her about his behavior and tried to help him. I have no clue what happened after elementary school. Bobby obviously is a very emotionally disturbed person. I would like to think prison is going to help him, but it won't. BTW, Jesse Wasmer and Daniel also went to our elementary school, so you can see that both good and evil exist everywhere. It is a horrible situation and as a former teacher of Bobby's, it was sickening to watch for sure. A sad situation all around!
BobBaft March 03, 2013 at 06:59 AM
Do you want to pay for his help by yourself? I think not. So now it will be shared by all us taxpayers...until he hangs himself in jail because he's tired of getting ash raped in his Federal Pound Me In The Arse cell.
04Gator March 04, 2013 at 08:57 AM
The Patch didn't publish anything. They are just sharing what Baltimore County State's Attorney published, which is evidence.
04Gator March 04, 2013 at 09:02 AM
Because its newsworthy. People want to see this. Clearly, they got you to watch it also so don't doubt their journalistic minds. You do your job and let the Patch do theirs.
04Gator March 04, 2013 at 09:09 AM
Stop Crime, I don't get why you're defending the kid. He shot someone intentionally. Not only that, he admitted himself that he should get 2,500 counts of attempted murder. What else do you need to call this kid a "true criminal." I'm sorry, but he's getting everything he deserves.
Diego De La Vega March 08, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Do any of those here proclaiming to feel so sorry for poor little "Bobby" plan to go visit him in prison? I'm sure he could use your friendship during these trying times....... Bueller.....Bueller......Bueller......
ImJustSaying June 09, 2013 at 06:10 PM
I know im late posting on this ! but most of the people on here are just going off of wat they see.. I think 35 years is a long ass time for a15/16 year old.. yea he made the choice of brining a gun and yea 21 bullets is a lot ! but you guys don't walk in the halls of perry hall everyday! before I graduated everyday I saw bullying people messing with people and a lot of crazy stuff. I seen this kid in tha halls everyday walking alone head down listening to music. he only had 3 friends. when your in a school with 100000000 of kids its hard as shit being there everyday with only 3 friends. his parents and family tried to help him and was having a hard time going through this. instead of putting them down saying they shouldve helped him . maybe look at who he was around and how he fells . this is not right on his part at all . but he could at least get a lesser term ! and a chance to talk to everyone that was there at the time and there families !


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