Reporting Mary Bubala
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore County teen shot on the first day of school is back in his own home. Mary Bubala reports Daniel Borowy was eating lunch in the Perry Hall High School cafeteria when he was hit.
Two weeks after being shot by one of his own classmates, Daniel Borowy left Shock Trauma. On August 27, 17-year-old Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. walked into the cafeteria at Perry Hall High School and fired two shots at random. Daniel was hit in the back.
“We’re hurting. My son is hurting,” said his father, Milton Borowy.
Daniel’s father spoke with WJZ after Gladden was charged as an adult with attempted murder and assault.
“Obviously he’s a troubled young man and I hope that he gets the help he needs,” Borowy said.
Daniel, who has Down Syndrome, has a bruised lung and fractured rib and has undergone several surgeries but the upbeat teen remained positive throughout, even making reference to his favorite singer right before he left the hospital.
Fellow students launched a social media campaign, urging Lady Gaga to visit Borowy, who has joking referred to her as his girlfriend.
“It’s building support for the community and that Daniel can see that everyone is standing behind him,” said a classmate.
“It would make him happier. If I was in that situation and my idol came, I would be happy, too,” said Bryce Dimatti.
There’s still no word on whether the pop star will pay Daniel a visit.
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In the meantime, nurses will provide at home care and Daniel will return to Shock Trauma for treatment.
Daniel has said he hopes to return to school. His parents say they haven’t gotten that far; they are taking his recovery one day at a time.
Daniel says he is looking forward to watching football and spending time at home with his dog, Luna.