Christopher Johnson walks into Va. Sandy Hook school with 2X4
(AP, ABC7) - A man walked into northern Virginia's Sandy Hook Elementary School on Wednesday with a 2-by-4 printed with the words "High Powered Rifle" and was quickly subdued by a school resource officer, the sheriff's office said.
Christopher G. Johnson, 33, did not resist arrest and was attempting to deliver a message "related to school safety," said Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah Sheriff's Department.
The school located about 50 miles west of Washington shares the same name as the Connecticut elementary school where 20 schoolchildren and six adults were shot to death by a lone gunman on Friday.
Johnson, who lives in Strasburg, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor, disorderly conduct, Proctor said. He was being held without bond at the county jail. A Dec. 28 court date was scheduled.
Proctor did not know if Johnson had retained an attorney. A woman who identified herself as Johnson's roommate said she had just learned of his arrest and did not want to immediately comment.
Proctor said Johnson walked into the school building shortly before noon and administrators immediately notified the resource officer. No weapons were found in the car he drove to the school.
Sandy Hook school officials did not return a telephone message left by The Associated Press.
Proctor said Johnson was carrying 4-foot-long board with the message written in some type of marker. He said he did not believe any students witnessed what happened.
The news left Tessa Thomas, whose 6-year-old daughter is a first grader at Sandy hook, on edge.
Thomas said, "Somebody can walk into the school like that and just come in like that. They're not safe, and I don't feel safe sending my daughter to the school, I really don't!"
Adding to the outrage, Dixie Plaugher said she wasn't told of the incident at the school. Her grandson is in kindergarten at Sandy Hook. Plauhger said she first read about the incident on Facebook.
"It's scary…we don't know, you know. He could have done a lot of damage with that board he took in there," Plaugher added.
An investigation into Johnson's motives was incomplete, Proctor said.