ABINGDON, Va. (AP) - A former Washington County teacher has received a five-year suspended sentence for firing a blank gun in class.
Manuael Ernest Dillow of Kingsport, Tenn., also will spend two years' probation.
The Bristol Herald Courier (http://bit.ly/PzPoAf ) says the 61-year-old Dillow pleaded guilty this week to brandishing a firearm on school property.
Police say Dillow lined up a dozen students at the William N. Neff Center in Abington on April 4 and fired a blank gun multiple times in their direction. Dillow was a welding teacher at the school at the time.
Commonwealth's Attorney Nicole Price says Dillow used the blank gun as a disciplinary method to get the students' attention.
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