Oct 16, 2014 7:23 AM

Man who prompted Manchester, NH, school lock down to appear in court


MANCHESTER - A man accused of bringing a gun into a high school, prompting a lock down, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

Damian Johnson is charged with criminal trespassing, disturbing school and falsifying evidence.

Manchester West High School officials locked down the facility on Sept. 25 after Johnson allegedly walked into the school with a Co2 airsoft gun and knife.

"I can't explain it--he's just very crazy," said Terahja Williams, who identified herself as a former friend of Johnson's.

Williams had no idea Johnson was the cause of the lockdown until after he was in cuffs.

"It was just lockdown, that's it--nobody knew til afterwards," she said.

Johnson has a record, including assault charges, stalking and a fugitive from justice charge in Florida.

"He gets angry really easily," said Brittney Furlow.

Furlow's sister reportedly helped Johnson hide his weapons to prevent him from getting in trouble. She said her sister was "in shock" after the incident, and that she had also been expelled.

"She just took it from him to save him I guess," Furlow said.

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