Virginia is sadly the school shooting capital of the US. There have been multiple incidents on the VA Tech campus alone, including the deadly rampage of Seung Cho in 2007. Now Manuel Dillow, aged 60, lined up kids at the Vo Tech school he taught at in Abingdon, VA and fired blanks at them from his pistol.
From the TimesNews here:
A Kingsport man who teaches at a vocational school in Abingdon, Va., has been arrested after pulling a blank firing gun on his students, pointing it their direction and firing multiple times.
The incident occurred April 4 at William H. Neff Center. Manuael Ernest Dillow, 60, was arrested Wednesday for the incident and charged with 12 felony counts of brandishing a firearm on school property.
The charges are class 6 felonies, with each count punishable up to five years incarceration and a $2,500 fine.
An investigation discovered Dillow “gathered” the attention of the 12 students in his welding class and lined them up near a garage door in the shop.
“He then pulled a ‘blank firing handgun,’ black in color, from the back waistband of his pants and discharged the weapon between four and ten shots in the direction of the line of the students”
What the hell was this man doing? Sure these kids are all in this school because they aren’t smart (they’re welders after all), many of them had likely been disciplinary cases, but still, faking a school shooting is beyond the pale.