A Maryland middle school teacher was placed on leave — and taken by police for an “emergency” psychiatric evaluation — because he wrote two novels set 900 years in the future about school massacres.The sane mind spins at the insanity.
A police search for guns and bombs found nothing. (Not even a slice of pizza chewed into the shape of a gun?!) But police will guard the middle school until the nonexistent danger is past.
Update, 9/2/14: The more we learn, the more it looks like the school and law enforcement people in this case are drooling, blathering idiots:
"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. 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.”Orwell was just talking about the Soviet Union, you know. He was giving us a warning. "[D]oes not currently have the ability to travel anywhere"? Holy crap.
I've tried to reach the sheriff, so far unsuccessfully, to learn whether McLaw's "inability to travel anywhere" means that he is under arrest. It is somewhat amazing that local news reports on this case don't make clear whether McLaw is under arrest, and if so, on what charge. It is equally astonishing that the reporters on this story don't seem to have used the words "First Amendment" in their questioning of law-enforcement officials, and also astonishing they don't question the Soviet-sounding practice of ordering an apparently sane person who has been deemed unacceptable by state authorities to undergo a psychological evaluation.
And let's keep in mind that the two paragraphs I just quoted are from The Atlantic, which is not known for Heritage Foundation-style leanings.