A Massachusetts school teacher was placed on administrative leave after authorities discovered he’d authored two books that described school killings.
Earlier this month, the Dorchester County Board of Education was alerted that eighth grade language arts teacher Patrick McLaw had several aliases, which he published the books under.
Dr. K.S. Voltaer is better known by some in Dorchester County as Patrick McLaw, or even Patrick Beale. Not only was he a teacher at Mace’s Lane Middle School in Cambridge, but according to Dorchester Sheriff James Phillips, McLaw is also the author of two books: “The Insurrectionist” and its sequel, “Lillith’s Heir.”
Those books are what caught the attention of police and school board officials in Dorchester County. “The Insurrectionist” is about two school shootings set in the future, the largest in the country’s history.
Phillips said McLaw was taken in for an emergency medical evaluation. The sheriff would not disclose where McLaw is now, but he did say that he is not on the Eastern Shore. The same day that McLaw was taken in for an evaluation, police swept Mace’s Lane Middle School for bombs and guns, coming up empty.
The 23-year-old teacher has taught at the school for a year.
Dorchester County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henry Wagner told WBOC the Dorchester County Board of Education has taken its own action. “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 said.
McLaw is banned from county properties in Dorchester and Wicomico counties, as well as the Delmar School District. McLaw has not been arrested or charged with any crime at this time.
What do you think of the law and school’s decision to mentally evaluate and place McLaw on leave for his works of fiction?
Is it being proactive in protecting students or a bit of an over-reaction and infringement on his creativity?
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