Man carrying board with words ‘high-powered rifle’ into Sandy Hook Elementary in Virginia arrested, police say

A Virginia man was arrested Wednesday after police say he brought a 2-by-4-foot board with the words 'High Powered Rifle' written on its side into Sandy Hook Elementary School in the town of Strasburg, reported.

Christopher Johnson, 33, was apparently trying to bring attention to how easy it is to bring a weapon into a school, Scott Proctor, a major at the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s office, said. Johnson was reportedly detained by a school resource officer before he was taken into police custody.

The school has the same name as the Connecticut school where a gunman killed 20 students and six adults last week.

The sheriff's office said resource officers are assigned to all of the schools in the county and the department will re-evaluate safety measures that are in place.

Johnson lives in the same area as the school and used a black Sharpie to write on the wood, Proctor said.

The school, for its part, sent home a letter to parents explaining the incident.

Johnson is being held without bond and will undergo a mental evaluation.

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