It’s a new school year, and already taxpayer-funded teachers in America’s public schools have made the news for doing disturbingly stupid things.
In the Eastern Shore town of Cambridge, Md., officials at Mace’s Lane Middle School have placed language arts teacher Patrick McLaw on administrative leave after discovering that he allegedly wrote a couple of interrelated, futuristic fiction books in which a major plot happens to be “the largest school massacre in the nation’s history” — killing 947 people.
The local sheriff’s office and the police department hauled McLaw, 23, away for an emergency psychological assessment, CBS DC reports.
Law enforcement personnel searched Mace’s Lane Middle School high and low for any guns, bombs or other weapons. They brought police dogs. They found nothing.
Cops also searched McLaw’s home and a state database. They found no weapons at his house and no guns registered to the fiction-writing teacher.
The sheriff’s office refused to disclose McLaw’s current location except to say, cryptically, that he is “no longer in the area” and “does not currently have the ability to travel anywhere.”
The Dorchester County school district superintendent released a statement on Monday.
“While on administrative leave, he is not allowed to come onto school property or participate in school events,” the statement said, according to CBS DC. “Mr. McLaw’s teaching duties have been assigned to qualified personnel to insure the smooth transition of students into the fall semester.”
The two books attributed to McLaw on Amazon are titled “The Insurrectionist” and “Lilith’s Heir.” The publisher is Northern Imperial Publishing, which appears from its Facebook page to feature McLaw’s work exclusively.
McLaw has written both books under the impressive alias “Dr. K.S. Voltaer.”
“The Insurrectionist,” set in the year 2902, opens with a huge massacre on the campus of Ocean Park High School. Then, there are threats of a second massacre at a 19,000-student school some 500 miles away.
In a nutshell, either federal investigator Jessica Leigh Hearn or a trio of 12th-grade sleuths must crack the case before “a dangerous and intelligent” “teenage executioner” strikes again and comes “face-to-face with the one person to whom he owes much retribution.”
“Lilith’s Heir,” a sequel, takes place eight months after the events in “The Insurrectionist” conclude. Without giving too much away, the second novel involves “a shakedown of The Phantom’s Regiment,” which is a large criminal enterprise, and a reaction by The Phantom’s Regiment “that just may bring the entire nation to its knees.”
As CBS DC notes, McLaw had previously garnered attention in USA Today because he helped a 14-year-old student get an e-book published on Amazon.