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Cambridge Parents React To Teacher On Leave, School Searched For Weapons

 CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  Patrick McLaw, under several aliases, wrote two books about mass school shootings set in the future, according to Dorchester County Sheriff James Phillips. Phillips says McLaw has been placed on administrative leave and is barred from school property in the Dorchester, Wicomico, and Delmar school districts.

One of the steps taken following his being taken in for evaluation was a sweep of the school.

"We swept Mr. McLaw's classroom and the whole school with the dog, which can also detect firearms." said Phillips.

No weapons were found, and the sheriff tells WBOC when there is someone who is interested in these types of incidents, like school shootings, it is only prudent to do a search as a precaution.

Parents WBOC spoke with Tuesday agree with the sheriff, saying it is better to be safe than sorry.

"I don't think it's extreme; I'd rather them be safe than later on down the road if something would happen, then everyone would wonder why nothing was done.  I am good with that; I really appreciate them taking the time out to make sure the kids are safe," said Robin Stanley.

"It's good to know and that way the kids know that they will be safe when they go to school. They do the drills regularly, but it's good to do the sweeps anyway because you never know," said Lori O'Connor.

Tuesday was a normal first day of school for the students of Mace's Lane Middle School, aside from an additional police officer.

At this time, McLaw is not charged with any crime, and is not under arrest

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