Reporting Rochelle Ritchie
BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A high school student shot on the first day of school is now back in class.
Rochelle Ritchie has more on Daniel Borowy’s return to Perry Hall High.
Daniel Borowy is finally back in class at Perry Hall High, and his friends and fellow students are calling it awesome.
“I think he has a lot of courage to come back. I know I wouldn’t. I’d be scared,” said one classmate.
Borowy’s return to school was kept very quiet–a request from his parents. In an email to WJZ, Baltimore County Public Schools said: “The wish is that we have as quiet and normal a school day as possible for all concerned and mostly Danny’s welfare.”
It was the first day of school at Perry Hall High when a student walked into the cafeteria and began shooting. Several of the bullets hit 17-year-old Daniel Borowy.
Some students still hear the sound of bullets as they rang out in the lunchroom.
“It was really traumatic for everyone. I was in the cafeteria when it happened,” said Russell Fisher.
Robert Gladden Jr., 15, is accused of firing those shots that sent Borowy to the hospital for weeks. To see Borowy come back so soon after numerous surgeries is inspiring.
“I think I would have been out a little longer. I don’t think I would have been able to cope with coming back,” said Fisher.
Coping is something many students at Perry Hall High have done since the shooting. Some say it’s changed the school for the better and now with Daniel’s return, a message of hope and perseverance.
“It brought all of us closer together. We’re just one big family,” said Andre Byers. “I’m very happy for him, and I hope he can move on.”
Several fundraisers have been held for the Borowy family to help pay for medical expenses.
The accused shooter is charged as an adult.