Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Quote of the day...

"a massacre transpired on the campus of Ocean Park High School, claiming the lives of nine hundred forty-seven individuals — the largest school massacre in the nation’s history.”

Of course. the NRA response to this was "more guns".

Not to mention how much carnage happened during the years with nothing happening.

from www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/09/01/district-suspends-dangerous-teacher-for-writing-scifi-novel-about-school-shooting-in-2902/


  1. Oh no! This teacher, who owns no guns, wrote a couple of novels! And he did it under a pen name! Horror of horrors! Clearly he must lose his job, have a psych exam, and be prevented from leaving the state!

  2. Shocking, an English teacher writing books!

    "Imagine that—a novelist who didn't store bombs and guns at the school at which he taught. How improbable! Especially considering that he uses an "alias," which is apparently the law-enforcement term for "nom de plume." (Here is the Amazon page for The Insurrectionist, by the way. Please note that the book was published in 2011, before McLaw was hired.)"

    "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."


    Perhaps this fits in with Mike's list of things that will up the odds of arrest or charged since Mr. McLaw isn't white. I wonder if attorneys have started calling him yet wanting a piece of the potential civil suit I foresee unless there is more to the story than has been released so far.
    Just imagine how this might have affected the career of author Howard Allen Frances O'Brien who as the police would say, three aliases.


  3. Here's an update on Mr. Mclaw which suggests there is more to his suspension than just authoring some novels,

    "Concerns about McLaw were raised after he sent a four-page letter to officials in Dorchester County. Those concerns brought together authorities from multiple jurisdictions, including health authorities.
    McLaw's attorney, David Moore, tells The Times that his client was taken in for a mental health evaluation. "He is receiving treatment," Moore said.
    Because of federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations mandating privacy around healthcare issues, he was unable to say whether McLaw has been released.
    McLaw's letter was of primary concern to healthcare officials, Maciarello says. It, combined with complaints of alleged harassment and an alleged possible crime from various jurisdictions led to his suspension. Maciarello cautions that these allegations are still being investigated; authorities, he says, "proceeded with great restraint."