Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Teacher Charged With Firing Blanks Pistol at Students
ABC News ^ | April 23, 2012 | Russell Goldman

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 school’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist

1 posted on 04/23/2012 1:49:36 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

Dumbass.

SnakeDoc


2 posted on 04/23/2012 1:51:02 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

see also: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2874337/posts


3 posted on 04/23/2012 1:52:58 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

Class has been boring lately... Hey! I have an idea!


4 posted on 04/23/2012 1:55:16 PM PDT by samtheman ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gnNz0vc)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SnakeDoctor

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.


5 posted on 04/23/2012 1:58:11 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

All fun and games until little gansta-wannabe in the class opens up with his own REAL weapon.

The guy is a dummy.


6 posted on 04/23/2012 1:58:47 PM PDT by Hulka
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SnakeDoctor
Dumbass100,000
7 posted on 04/23/2012 1:59:09 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

He’s lucky there are apparently no concealed carry permittees in his class.


8 posted on 04/23/2012 1:59:20 PM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

“I’m sorry, I didn’t know they were blanks.”

Who knows what he was thinking?


9 posted on 04/23/2012 2:04:14 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hulka

Dumb thing to do,,,, but,,,, kinda makes me wonder a bit about the student’s behavior,,,,,


10 posted on 04/23/2012 2:04:35 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: GOYAKLA

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.

SnakeDo


11 posted on 04/23/2012 2:05:32 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

I think we have a nominee for this year’s Joseph Hazelwood prize for career self-destruction.


12 posted on 04/23/2012 2:09:24 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GOYAKLA
He could be the track coach. The have starters pistols.
13 posted on 04/23/2012 2:11:29 PM PDT by Domangart
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: GOYAKLA

>>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”).


14 posted on 04/23/2012 2:11:36 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: samtheman

Seemed like a good idea at the time....


15 posted on 04/23/2012 2:12:30 PM PDT by PGR88
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

Probably just a tryout for the track team.


16 posted on 04/23/2012 2:13:32 PM PDT by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
Good think there wasn't a horse around

"Holy s---!"

"I thought there were blanks in that gun."

"Holy s---!"

"There WERE blanks in that gun."

"Maybe he had a heart attack."

"Holy s---!"

17 posted on 04/23/2012 2:16:29 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PGR88

Who needs a job and a pension anyway?


18 posted on 04/23/2012 2:25:03 PM PDT by samtheman ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gnNz0vc)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: SnakeDoctor
A big enough caliber round can do more damage than that.

“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.”

http://propguys.com/gundanger/

19 posted on 04/23/2012 2:26:02 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: SnakeDoctor

There have also been occasions where a blank fired too close to the head was the cause of death.


20 posted on 04/23/2012 2:27:50 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Obama is Romney lite)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: freedumb2003

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.


21 posted on 04/23/2012 2:38:30 PM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: SnakeDoctor

A revolver such as a Taurus Eight revolver 22 can fire 8.
I was commenting on 10 shots, jokingly, poorly.


22 posted on 04/23/2012 2:43:44 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY
He then shot the gun between four and ten times...

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.

23 posted on 04/23/2012 2:45:27 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: freedumb2003

“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.

http://www.enasco.com/c/physicaleducation/Track+%26+Field/Starter+Pistols/


24 posted on 04/23/2012 2:48:51 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

Hold my beer..


25 posted on 04/23/2012 2:49:40 PM PDT by Track9 ("Strength through peace.. oh wait, I mean.." Mit Romney)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

I didn’t realize Brandon’s death involved so much stupidity.


26 posted on 04/23/2012 2:51:15 PM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

He’s lucky none of the students were carrying.


27 posted on 04/23/2012 3:33:12 PM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SnakeDoctor
Back in HS, I happened to be at the finish line at a meet. The volunteer timers discussed what they were going to use to start their watches. They all agreed to use the puff of smoke from the starter pistol, since most of the sprinters had started before the "bang" hit the people at the finish line.

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.

28 posted on 04/23/2012 3:33:23 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: bitterohiogunclinger

why do starter pistols have sights?


29 posted on 04/23/2012 3:43:11 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

idiot.

Blanks kill too.


30 posted on 04/23/2012 3:48:38 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bitterohiogunclinger

>>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?).

Just sayin...


31 posted on 04/23/2012 3:56:26 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: GOYAKLA

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.

SnakeDoc


32 posted on 04/23/2012 4:04:05 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Free ThinkerNY

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.


33 posted on 04/23/2012 4:05:21 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jack Hydrazine

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?


34 posted on 04/23/2012 4:36:36 PM PDT by Craftmore
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: freedumb2003; bitterohiogunclinger

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!


35 posted on 04/23/2012 4:58:24 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Craftmore

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?


36 posted on 04/23/2012 5:22:34 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: SnakeDoctor
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.

Or kill yourself. Some moron actor shot himself suicide style with a pistol loaded with blanks. Turned out he wasn't acting. Oops.

37 posted on 04/23/2012 5:40:56 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: RitchieAprile
why do starter pistols have sights?

Why do they swab the site where they're going to give you a lethal injection?

38 posted on 04/23/2012 5:44:23 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Jack Hydrazine; All
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 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.

39 posted on 04/23/2012 5:56:58 PM PDT by marktwain
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Got to admit. . .as an Adjunct at a college, I wonder too. . . .


40 posted on 04/24/2012 8:57:44 AM PDT by Hulka
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson