A Maryland middle school teacher was placed on leave and detained by police after administrators were tipped off to the content of his fictional novel.
The teacher, Patrick McLaw, has written two fictional novels under the pseudonym Dr. K.S. Voltaer. One novel, The Insurrectionist, centers on a mass school shooting that takes place 900 years in the future. Administrators at Cambridge Mace Middle School were informed of the plot this week and took drastic measures to insure McLaw's writing had no connection to any real-life intentions.
Dorchester County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henry Wagner says McLaw has been placed on leave for the indefinite future. Police got involved, too, and detained McLaw while they conducted a bomb and firearms sweep of the school. No weapons were found.
Despite having no criminal evidence against McLaw, Superintendent Wagner banned him from all Dorchester County School grounds.
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"We have advised our community that the gentleman has been placed on administrative leave, and has been prohibited from entering any Dorchester County public school property," Wagner told WBOC. "There will be a Cambridge Police Department presence at Mace's Lane Middle School for as long as we deem it necessary.”
McLaw has also been banned from all county properties in Dorchester and Wicomico county. McLaw is not, however, facing any criminal charges.
It should come as no surprise that many people aware of this story think the punishment being levied against McLaw is unwarranted. After all, his book was a work of fiction. Unless there is a key detail not being reported to the public, don't be surprised if McLaw eventually takes legal action against the school.