Bennington, Vt. teacher turns in gun, submits to mental health check

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BENNINGTON, Vt. – A Bennington, Vt. school teacher turned in a bushmaster semi-automatic rifle before checking himself into the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Steven Davis is a math and science teacher at Mount Anthony Union High School. Neighbors had asked police to do a welfare check after seeing him carry a rifle to his car.

Davis 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.

He also raised public safety concerns after he posted videos on the internet criticizing school administrators, the teachers union and coworkers – even sending a school-wide email saying he would “remove the union and all of the teachers who are negatively affecting the children in this town.”

After the welfare check Sunday evening, Davis' wife and children went to stay with a relative and she sought a restraining order the following day. According to the order, his wife was unaware that Davis owned a gun and said she and others have noticed a change in Davis' personality over the last month.

Police say Davis is still in the hospital.

The high school has made school clinicians available to anyone who needs to talk, and the Bennington Police say they will continue to work with school officials as well as Davis and his family to ensure public safety.

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