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VA Teacher Arrested After Allegedly Lining Students Up and Firing Blanks at Them


"between four and 10 shots in the direction of the line of students"

Forget the dunce hat and the dark corner -- this Virginia teacher seemed to have had a different kind of discipline in mind when he allegedly waved a "firearm" at students, then proceeded to line them up against a garage door firing squad-style and shoot at them with blanks.

60-year-old Manuael Ernest Dillow was swiftly arrested and charged Wednesday with a dozen Class 6 felony counts of brandishing a firearm on school property.

Dillow reportedly honed in on 12 students in his welding class, pulling the gun from his waistband before firing it up to 10 times.

None of the students were injured in the bizarre incident.

A statement from the Washington County Sheriff's department read:

He then pulled a 'blank firing handgun,' black in color, from the back waistband of his pants and discharged the weapon between four and 10 shots in the direction of the line of students. The 'report' of the firearm was similar to that of a firearm that fires a projectile, thus placing the students in fear.

Class 6 felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and a $2,500 fine for each.

Dillow, whose hearing is slated for May 7, was released on a $20,000 unsecured bond.


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