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Trial date set in gun sign case at Sandy Hook

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK — The man who carried a sign reading “high powered rifle” into a Strasburg elementary school in December has pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct.
 
Christopher Johnson, 33, appeared Wednesday morning in Shenandoah County Circuit Court in Woodstock.
 
His lawyer, David Silek, said Johnson does not deny bringing the sign into the school. What Johnson denies is that it created a disturbance serious enough to warrant a misdemeanor.
 
Johnson brought the sign into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg on Dec. 19, five days after the shooting at a school of the same name in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six adults were killed by a lone gunman. Johnson’s mother works at the Strasburg school and Silek said his intention was to bring awareness of security lapses that he felt put students and employees at risk.
 
Since the Connecticut school shooting, all Shenandoah County public schools have been assigned resource officers from the Sheriff’s Office. Division schools also have added or increased security measures.
 
A jury trial in the case is set for March 12.

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