- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Maryland middle school teacher has been placed on administrative leave after police said he used a pseudonym to publish two fictional books about a futuristic school massacre.

Patrick McLaw, an 8th-grade teacher at Mace's Lane Middle School in Cambridge, has been barred from entering campus pending an ongoing investigation.

Police say Mr. McLaw penned “The Insurrectionist” and its sequel, “Lillith’s Heir,” while using the alias “Dr. K.S. Voltaer.” The books focus on a fictional massacre set in the year 2902 where 947 people are killed, a local CBS affiliate reported.

A press release published last week by the Dorchester County superintendent of schools said Mr. McLaw had been placed on a leave of absence, “due to significant matters of concern brought forth by law enforcement.”

“While on administrative leave, he is not allowed to come onto school property or participate in school events,” the statement said.

Dorchester Sheriff James Phillips said the teacher was taken in for an emergency medical evaluation.

“A K-9 sweep was conducted at the Mace’s Lane School looking for explosive devices and other weapons. A secondary search was performed by police and school officials looking for suspicious packages or other items. Both of these searches were negative,” Sheriff Phillips told the station.

“The residence of the teacher in Wicomico County was searched by personnel,” he said, with no weapons found, WBOC reported. “He is currently at a location known to law enforcement and does not currently have the ability to travel anywhere.”

Dorchester County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henry Wagner said the police presence at Mace's Lane Middle School will continue “for as long as we deem it necessary,” adding that the police and sheriff’s department say there is nothing to worry about, the station reported.

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