In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a nation is in mourning and more terrified than ever of guns or gun control, depending on with whom you speak.
The Sandy Hook massacre left 26 dead at the scene, 20 children and six educators.
The horrific events of the day brought the specter of gun violence in America into stark relief we can seemingly no longer ignore, and coping mechanisms have included a spike in gun sales and body armor for children as Americans process the tragedy.
But yesterday at a different Sandy Hook, a Virginia man allegedly decided to highlight the growing controversy in a different and inarguably poorly conceived way — by entering the school armed with a 2 x 4 inscribed with the words “high-powered rifle.”
Christopher Johnson, 33, has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after the incident. According to WTRV:
“The incident happened at 11:40 [Wednesday] morning. Major Proctor said Johnson was approached by a school employee immediately after he entered the school. He said the school resource officer arrived ‘seconds later.’… Proctor said he was not sure why Johnson entered the school, however he said it appeared Johnson wanted to make a point about school security.”
The Journal reports that Johnson was immediately approached by school security and found to be unarmed:
“Maj. Scott Proctor of Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said no one was injured and no weapons were found on Johnson. Johnson is charged with disorderly conduct and is being held without bond, Proctor said.”
After allegedly trespassing at the Sandy Hook Elementary in Virginia, Johnson was held yesterday at the Shenandoah County Jail.