Combination of Factors Led Police to Investigate Dorchester Co Teacher
Updated: Tuesday, September 2 2014, 06:26 PM EDT
A Dorchester County teacher who penned two futuristic fiction novels has been committed, and is under investigation by police.
The state's attorney in Wicomico County said it was a combination of factors that led police to begin investigating Patrick McLaw.
Dorchester County schools hired McLaw to teach 8th grade English at Mace's Lane middle school. At the time it was no secret that he had written two novels that centered around a massive school shooting that left nearly 1,000 people dead.
Then a former teacher came forward, with a claim that she was being harassed. The former teacher told investigators she felt as if she was a character in one of his books that was killed off. The allegations against McLaw did not stop there --- next he was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old.
Then McLaw handed a letter, dated July 4, to a deputy administrator, stating it was his resignation, farewell address and memoir. That’s when health officials, and law enforcement, stepped in.
Police searched the school from top to bottom looking for guns, bombs and other weapons, but found nothing. There is still a police presence at the school, and a photo of McLaw, along with the original news release, has been sent out to every school in the district. The news release says he's not allowed on school property or to participate in school events.
McLaw's attorney confirms he's receiving treatment. There is still an investigation pending with police, and several administrative investigations.