Man Arrested After Entering Another Sandy Hook School With 'High-Powered Rifle'

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I realize we're all concerned about school safety in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, but this dude took it way too far. A man in Virginia has reportedly been arrested after walking into Sandy Hook Elementary School -- not THE Sandy Hook but another school in Strasburg, Virginia with the same name -- with a plank of wood labeled "high-powered rifle." He says he did it to make a point about the lack of school security.

The man, Christopher Garret Johnson, reportedly walked into the school "armed" with the 2 x 4 plank of wood that he'd labeled "high-powered rifle" and was stopped by a member of the school staff before coming into contact with any students.

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Police said he was trying to "make a statement" about school security. Uhh, yeah, dude. Adam Lanza already made a huge and tragic statement. We get it. We don't need you walking into a school and scaring the bejesus out of little kids.

Johnson is being held pending a mental health evaluation. Unfortunately, tragedies like this often bring out a lot of mentally unbalanced people. Remember the guy who called himself The Joker and threatened a mass shooting after the Aurora, Colorado killings? And we've already had another guy with 47 guns threaten to shoot up the elementary school where his wife worked in Indiana.

But what do we do about school security? Do we really want teachers walking around with guns? I can tell you that the first time a teacher feels threatened by a student and shoots him or her out of a Trayvon Martin-like misunderstanding, you can bet we'll all be saying teachers shouldn't have guns in schools! Not to mention that teachers have a tough enough time as it is just teaching our students. Now they're supposed to be armed guards too?!

Hiring security isn't a bad idea, but you still will get into the issue of when a security guard can draw a weapon. Because chances are these security guards are going to see a lot more students acting out than strange adults who wander onto the premises. On the other hand, it's become clear that mass murderers will strike anywhere -- even a school full of helpless little kids. Let's not even get into the types of people schools would hire for security. Let's just say not all of them are members of Mensa.

I've heard a lot of people say this is why they're going to homeschool their kids. NOT an option for everyone, especially for people who have to work, or who simply don't feel qualified to teach their children everything they need to know to succeed in today's workforce. Sure, you hear about the spelling bee champs who are homeschooled, but it's usually by former teachers. I personally would never dream I could teach any kid about advanced algebra or chemistry. Please, I failed chemistry. That's why I'm a writer!

What do you think should be done about school security?


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nonmember avatar Jenn

Why not use our military veterans! Seriously they have training. Many towns cannot afford police cops to go and sit at schools. Use our veterans and give them a chance at a new beginning outside of the military and back in our society! They protected us from other countries and they can do even better against our mentally insane! Besides heroine is illegal but its still used and sold. Guns will be the same way. Who holds the heroin? Yea you don't think they won't jump on the guns too? It's a theory.

Doomy234 Doomy234

So... A man was arrested... For walking into a school.... With a piece of wood with some writing on it? I get it. I do. But just thinking about it, its kinda funny.

Anyway for security guards, there are already rules for when you can fire a weapon at an assailant. That rule is whenever an individual is honestly threatening the lives of others, when you feel that if you dont shoot, one or more people could possibly be severely wounded or killed. For example, someone comes in with a knife and puts it to someones throat, swinging a baseball bat at people's heads, or has a gun, those are all plausible reasons to shoot someone. However security guards have an array of weapons for different situations including mace and tasers for people who are just acting out without a dangerous weapon.

nonmember avatar DarkcutterShore

I get what he was doing, and honestly, you have to admit it was a little amusing..just NOT at this time because of what has happened to those poor people. I think it would be a novel idea to have retired police officers and military personel that have served be security at these schools. They could conduct training for people that want to do this line of work, but it would have to be a VERY strict screening process to weed out the sickos and pigs trying to get to the kids.

kristyp. kristyp.

No not funny... really bad timing to make a point!

UnderINK UnderINK

I don't really have a problem with what the guy did. The point he was making is that Sandy Hook isn't the only school vulnerable to a shooting. Every school is. But this is one of the only good articles I've read on this site in quite a while. Good job.

nonmember avatar I

Ok, your whole last paragraph is asinine. I was with you up to that point. Homeschooling is a valid choice and much too complex to be waved away with "oh, only teachers can homeschool." Stick to one topic, please.

kristyp. kristyp.

No not funny... really bad timing to make a point!

Erin Lambert

A Trayvon Martin-like misunderstanding? Are you f'ing kidding me??

ambtr... ambtrav2kids

she never said ONLY teachers can homeschool. she said USUALLY the ones who homeschool are former teachers. READ!!!! 

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