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Teacher writes school shooting in book; placed on leave

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A Maryland teacher was placed on leave after police say his book about a fictitious school shooting got their attention. (Source: McLaw’s website/WJZ/CNN) A Maryland teacher was placed on leave after police say his book about a fictitious school shooting got their attention. (Source: McLaw’s website/WJZ/CNN)

TOWSON, MD (WJZ/CNN) – A Maryland teacher was placed on administrative leave after police say his book about a fictitious school shooting got their attention.

Patrick McLaw remains on leave from his teaching duties at Maces Lane Middle School in Campbridge, MD after police say his fictional book, The Insurrectionist, gained national attention for its alarming depiction of a school shooting and a four page letter sprinkled with suicidal undertones was sent to colleagues.

"They believe that perhaps he was reaching out for some help," Wicomico County, MD Sheriff Mike Lewis said.

But McLaw says authorities have it all wrong.

“Law enforcement has not tried to contact me [and] they have been misinterpreting information,” McLaw said.

In a phone interview from Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore where McLaw is being treated, he says he does not need a mental evaluation.

"They have been disseminating information incorrectly to the psychiatrist, and medical professionals up here who have been making diagnoses that you know, are invalid and irrelevant,” McLaw said.

Sheriff deputies say the investigation into McLaw didn't stem solely from his writings.

"Within hours we received information of perhaps an inappropriate relationship involving a student so we had some concerns,” Lewis said.

The 23-year-old eighth grade teacher is banned from the school property.

Investigators say inside of a shed at McLaw's home, they recovered a handmade model of a school, but McLaw says what has been taken as a threat is nothing more than a hobby.

"This entire situation is a complete, and total misunderstanding. And it is unfortunate that it has come to this,” McLaw said.

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