Skip to comments.Teacher Charged With Firing Blanks Pistol at Students
Posted on 04/23/2012 1:49:33 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
A teacher at a Virginia vocational school has been charged with terrifying a dozen students by lining them up against a classroom wall and firing a starter pistol at them execution-style.
Manuael Earnest Dillow, 60, was charged last week with 12 felony counts of brandishing a firearm on school property following the April 4 incident at the William H. Neff Center, a career and technical school, in Abingdon, Va.
Dillow allegedly lined up the students near a garage door of the schools welding shop and pulled from the waistband of his pants a black blank-firing handgun, that according to police looked like a real gun.
He then shot the gun between four and ten times in the direction of the students. The sound of the gunshots were similar to that of a firearm that fires a projectile, thus placing the students in fear, Washington County, Va., Sheriff Fred Newman said in a statement.
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Class has been boring lately... Hey! I have an idea!
shot 4-10 times!
I have never seen or handled a blank firing pistol. what is that?
I have saw a Thompson sub, TV(Surfside 5) prop that fired multiple times but don’t have any idea how even that worked.
All fun and games until little gansta-wannabe in the class opens up with his own REAL weapon.
The guy is a dummy.
He’s lucky there are apparently no concealed carry permittees in his class.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t know they were blanks.”
Who knows what he was thinking?
Dumb thing to do,,,, but,,,, kinda makes me wonder a bit about the student’s behavior,,,,,
Its like a starter pistol. Blank is a round with gunpowder, but no projectile.
Just makes a big bang ... like a movie prop gun. Put it near enough to someones head, and you can burst an eardrum, or cause hearing loss.
I think we have a nominee for this year’s Joseph Hazelwood prize for career self-destruction.
>>I have never seen or handled a blank firing pistol. what is that?<<
A blank pistol killed Brandon Lee (Bruce Lee’s son and most famous for the movie “The Crow”).
Seemed like a good idea at the time....
Probably just a tryout for the track team.
"I thought there were blanks in that gun."
"There WERE blanks in that gun."
"Maybe he had a heart attack."
Who needs a job and a pension anyway?
“During a scene where he is lying in bed, in between takes, he was playing around with a .44 Magnum revolver that was on-set for use as a blank-firing weapon. Shortly after 5:15 p.m. he put the pistol (according to witnesses, it was loaded with three empty cartridges and two blanks) up to his right temple. As he pulled the trigger he smiled, and supposedly said, “Let's see if I got myself with this one.” He was apparently unaware that at close range, a blank can cause great damage. The explosion drove a quarter-sized piece of his skull far into his brain. The paper wadding of the straight-walled blank cartridge went straight into his temple and forced a bone chip to lodge in his brain.”
There have also been occasions where a blank fired too close to the head was the cause of death.
They left a prop bullet in the gun that the blank forced out the barrel and into Brandon. Such a horrific death. Still miss seeing him on the screen. Would have been a great member of The Expendables team.
I forgot the name until I looked it up, but remember it happening. Actor Jon Hexum put a pistol to his temple that still had a blank loaded in it, and pulled the trigger. Injuries from that led to his death soon after.
A revolver such as a Taurus Eight revolver 22 can fire 8.
I was commenting on 10 shots, jokingly, poorly.
Rather wide range of estimates, methinks.
Sure it wasn't between eleven and three? Eight and two? Five and nine?
Must be something about four and ten the author wanted to get in there.
Wonder what it could be.
“A blank pistol killed Brandon Lee”.
It was a real handgun that was loaded with blanks that killed Lee. Starter “pistols”, like those used to start track races are usually specially made to not have an opening in the barrel to prevent any projectile from being accidentally launched by the blank charge, and they are usually “revolvers” and not pistols.
Hold my beer..
I didn’t realize Brandon’s death involved so much stupidity.
He’s lucky none of the students were carrying.
I was watching some UK movie about a soap box derby. The constable was quite upset with the sponsor having, and using, a starter pistol for the race.
why do starter pistols have sights?
Blanks kill too.
>>It was a real handgun that was loaded with blanks that killed Lee. Starter pistols, like those used to start track races are usually specially made to not have an opening in the barrel to prevent any projectile from being accidentally launched by the blank charge, and they are usually revolvers and not pistols.<<
I stand corrected.
But any device that uses gunpowder is potentially dangerous, since it uses shock force to produce its sound (would you put your ear to the side of a real starters’ pistol?).
My 9mm HK P30 can fire 15 from the magazine + one in the pipe. 16-shots before reload ... and I carry an extra magazine.
10 ain’t that many.
He must have been teaching the history of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and decided to add a blank-firing pistol to the lesson in order for it really have the material stick in their minds for the rest of their lives.
Im more surprised not one of you has said if it was your child,you would give the teacher “special”firing range lessons.What happened to you guys,get newtered?
My older brother had one of those starter’s pistols when I was about 12. In fact, my buddy and I went to the sporting goods store and bought it for him with money he gave us! Lazy sucker. They sold it and the ‘ammo’ to us, no problem. Things were a touch looser back in the 50s.
Anyway, he let us play with it whenever we wanted as long as we bought him more ‘acorns.’
We noticed an angled port in the top of the gun where the flash came out, so we went in the attic and took some small screws with us. I stuck one in the port, pointed it down so the port was aimed at a bulb about 25 feet away. I fired. No lie, on the first shot the screw hit the bulb and blew it away. Biggest surprise on my young life.
I don’t know if it would cause much damage to a person (other than their eye), but that light bulb were daid!
He gave the students a really good scare and did not injure them. Okay, some of them might have had their poor, wittle egos bruised and had ringing of the ears but that’s about it.
I’d like to hear from the teacher why he did it. If I was in his shoes I would have taught them that mass shootings, in war or in a Luby’s cafeteria, can occur anywhere at any time and this is the reason why we have the 2nd Amendment and why people should always carry concealed. And when they reach the age to purchase and carry a firearm they should do so but only after going through a course that teaches the rules of firearms safety, the law on self defense with a firearm, human factors related to various combat situations, etc. They should teach those things in all schools.
How many of them will forget about this incident?
Or kill yourself. Some moron actor shot himself suicide style with a pistol loaded with blanks. Turned out he wasn't acting. Oops.
Why do they swab the site where they're going to give you a lethal injection?
I would love to hear his side of this story. It is possible that he is a complete dumbass, but remember, this is an AP story, so I suspect that the spin on it is near escape velocity.
Got to admit. . .as an Adjunct at a college, I wonder too. . . .