Rollin' Like Sisyphus

Nothing Like A Good Book To Whisk You Away

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on September 2, 2014
Not the Reading Rainbow I remember.

Not the Reading Rainbow I remember.

So over the weekend with a holiday created by socialists, it was only fitting that news broke of an incident that eerily presages a sure-fire consequence of a socialist-styled civic order.
Don’t know how lucky you are, boy:

A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Maryland, middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—”taken in for an emergency medical evaluation” for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace’s Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, according to news reports from Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future.

Well, he must have been a danger to everyone then, right?

Sheriff Phillips told the newspaper that, in addition to a K-9 sweep of the school (!), investigators also raided McLaw’s home. “The residence of the teacher in Wicomico County was searched by personnel,” Phillips said, with no weapons found. “A further check of Maryland State Police databases also proved to be negative as to any weapons registered to him.

Oh.
Well no harm, no foul, right? Case closed?

McLaw was suspended by the Dorchester County Board of Education pending an investigation and is no longer in the area. He is currently at a location known to law enforcement and does not currently have the ability to travel anywhere.

Hmm. Not officially under arrest, vague insinuations that he’s being held against his will, what could possibly be the matter with that?
A day later, and of course an official response only digs the hole deeper:

Reports circulated this weekend that a middle school teacher in Dorchester County, Md., had been placed on administrative leave over his two futuristic novels about school violence. That is not that case, authorities tell the L.A. Times. “It didn’t start with the books and it didn’t end with the books,” State’s Attorney for Wicomico County Matt Maciarello told The Times. “It’s not even a factor in what law enforcement is doing now.”

Oh?

Early last week the school board was alerted that one of its eighth grade language arts teachers at Mace’s Lane Middle School had several aliases. Police said that under those names, he wrote two fictional books about the largest school shooting in the country’s history set in the future. Now, Patrick McLaw is placed on leave. … Those books are what caught the attention of police and school board officials in Dorchester County.

I’m getting the sense something is not entirely above board here…

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  1. Giraffe said, on September 3, 2014 at 08:17

    I have to say, having the comments for a post at the top of the post is kicking my ass.

    The book was published in 2011. The guy had three years to shoot up a school and he didn’t do it. I think if he was gonna he would have done it by now.

    So, just what in the hell did the guy do that was actually illegal? How did they get an arrest warrant, search warrant, etc? Apparently writing blue sci fi is a crime. (I assume it is blue, if it were pink it would be required reading at his school).

    There are cases when I hope the ‘perp’ sues the authorites and extracts a large sum of money. This is one of them. So much for the first amendment.

    If he’d priced his book at $5 instead of $15 i’d buy it out of indignation.

    • Huckleberry said, on September 3, 2014 at 12:55

      I have to say, having the comments for a post at the top of the post is kicking my ass

      Yeah it was bugging me too a bit.
      A new layout like the old layout.

      If he’d priced his book at $5 instead of $15 i’d buy it out of indignation

      Same here.


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