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.
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