Va. teacher charged with firing blanks at students

Washington County teacher is accused of lining up 12 students near a garage door and firing multiple times


By PoliceOne Staff

ABINGDON, Va. — A Washington County teacher faces criminal charges for accusations of firing blanks at students in a welding class.

Manuael Ernest Dillow, 60, is charged with 12 felony counts of brandishing a weapon, police said.

Dillow is accused of lining up 12 students near a garage door and firing multiple times in their direction, The San Francisco Chronicle reported

No injuries were reported. His motive is unclear.

Dillow is currently not working following the April 4 incident, Washington County Schools Superintendent Jim Sullivan said. He did not comment further.

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