(USA TODAY) - A man who was apparently trying to make a dramatic point about school safety was arrested at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg, Va., after allegedly walking into the building carrying a 2x4 labeled "high-powered rifle."
NBC News Washington reported that Christopher Garret Johnson, 33, faces disorderly conduct charges for behavior that officials called "inappropriate, at best."
The incident occurred at midmorning on Wednesday at the school in Strasburg that carries the same name as the one in Connecticut where a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children last Friday.
"He made general statements about school safety and safety awareness," a Shenandoah County officer told NBC4 News. "But the reality was, it was disruptive."
Johnson lives in Strasburg.
The Northern Virginia Daily reported that Johnson allegedly walked through the unlocked front door of the school and was quickly steered into the principal's office. He apparently did not encounter any students and was arrested without incident.
Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office Maj. Scott Proctor told the newspaper that no one was injured and no weapons were found on Johnson.
"We don't know his intentions, but it did seem to be related to bringing awareness to school safety," Proctor told the Northern Virginia Daily. "That's going to be confirmed through the course of the investigation."