Teacher Charged With Brandishing Firing Gun on School Property

April 18, 2012 Sheriff Fred Newman
Washington County, Virginia Sheriff's Office

Twelve felony charges have been lodged against a Washington County, Virginia, school teacher as the result of an investigation conducted by the Washington County Virginia Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division.

According to Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman, the incident occurred at the William H. Neff Center on April 4, 2012. School Superintendent Jim Sullivan notified the Sheriff's Office of the incident.

The investigation revealed the accused "gathered" the attention of the twelve students in his welding class by lining them up near a garage door in the welding shop. He then pulled a "blank firing handgun," black in color, from the back waistband of his pants and discharged the weapon between four (4) and ten (10) shots in the direction of the line of the students.

The "report" of the firearm was similar to that of a firearm that fires a projectile, thus placing the students in fear, according to statements. No students were physically injured as a result of the incident.



Manuael Ernest Dillow, age 60, of 840 Liberty Drive, Kingsport, TN, was arrested Wednesday afternoon (April 18, 2012) and charged with twelve (12) felony counts of brandishing a firearm on school property. This is a Class 6 felony, punishable by not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years or a fine of $2,500, either or both.

Dillow has been released on a $20,000 unsecured bond. A hearing date is scheduled for May 7, 2012, at 1:30 pm.



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