According to WPTZ on You Tube:
Bennington police say a Vermont teacher is hospitalized following a mental health evaluation after he was spotted carrying an assault rifle used and making a series of comments about the school where he works that some found disturbing.
The Teacher was only seen carrying the rifle to the trunk of his car which was parked in his driveway and he voluntarily surrendered it, two magazines and several hundred rounds of ammunition that were located in his home. He also is voluntarily undergoing the mental health evaluation.
The Police say there was no direct threat made against anyone.
You can read more about this story in an article on WPTZ’s website.
!UPDATE! January 4th 1:03 PM Central
According to an article on the Bennington Banner, the Teacher was taking his rifle to a storage unit that he owned, is now being held involuntarily at the hospital and he has been placed on administrative leave:
Steven Davis, a beloved science and math teacher at Mount Anthony Union High School for the past nine years, has been hospitalized since Monday following a mental health evaluation, according to Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette.
Upon advice of police, Davis was voluntarily transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, although Doucette said on Wednesday that Davis is now being held at the hospital. Davis is on administrative leave from his teaching position.
Davis purchased the AR-15 military-style rifle in April 2009, along with two high-capacity magazines and 500 rounds of ammunition. The gun and magazines were surrendered to police on Monday and police later confiscated the ammunition during a search of his home that was permitted by a family member.
Neighbors asked police to do a welfare check on Davis after seeing him carry the rifle to his vehicle Sunday evening. Davis then voluntarily surrendered the gun, telling police he put it in the trunk of his car in order to bring it to a storage unit he recently rented.
“This weapon was in a case. It has a trigger lock installed, but it was alarming to find two, 30-round, high-capacity magazines loaded,” Doucette said.
Davis told police he purchased the gun as an interest at the time, but the gun has never been fired.