> The inconvenient region where the HCBU was located was from the frame of reference of Black History month quite a prestigious address. It was where Frederick Douglass had escaped from.... My hosts at the B&B were a lovely, genteel white couple thrilled to have a visiting writer. They pulled out a copy of the history of the town’s spectacle lynching: the author had roomed there while doing her research. I said it’s a pity there was only the one spectacle lynching or I would hang around and do up the other one.
"I see cops bring in people on inappropriate "psych holds" all the time, and in my experience it's used more inappropriately on people with darker skin or poorer-looking clothes. Why? Often it's easier to drop someone off at the hospital rather than bring them to central booking equivalent and do more paperwork.
That's why when a local news channel reports matter-of-factly that a man was detained and "examined" over science fiction, it doesn't occur to us to question the story. Just as it's entirely plausible that the government might do it, it's entirely plausible that journalists might report it without criticism, analysis, or apparent consciousness of how outrageous it would be.
I asked [state's attorney Matthew A. Maciarello] for specifics. He said the "Columbine material" consisted of a report on the infamous Colorado school shooting. It could have been meant for research for his novels, I suggested.
"Absolutely, that could be true. We played all the angles on that. You can't just dismiss every little thing in a situation like this, in 2014." He went on to say, "If someone wrote a novel about school shootings it wouldn't concern me. I person is allowed to follow their pursuits. I love fiction. I love expression. But some citizens did react to this, there were citizen complaints based on the book, but this wasn't an overreaction. If you add this to the model of a school that he was building -- is this a tortured artist, or is this someone obsessed about schools? But I don't know how this story got out there that he was placed on leave because of these books. The main concern here is therapeutic, that he gets the help he needs."
WBOC spoke with McLaw, who is currently in a mental health facility on the other side of the bay. He told WBOC that he does not belong in a mental health facility.
"Law enforcement have not tried to contact me, they have been misinterpreting information, they have been disseminating information incorrectly to the psychiatrists and to the medical professionals up here who have been making diagnoses that are invalid and irrelevant," McLaw said.
As for the model of the school, McLaw explained that building models is just a hobby.
"I used to be in architecture and engineering and as a result of that, as a hobby I built miniatures," McLaw said. "And I built a miniature of a cruise ship, a miniature of a house, and a miniature school. Now given the situation, they have only focused on the miniature school."
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