Vermont teacher gets mental evaluation after ranting on YouTube, surrendering rifle

A popular math and science teacher in Bennington, Vt. was temporarily hospitalized last week for a mental health evaluation after he posted several bizarre videos on YouTube.

Steven Davis, a teacher at Mount Anthony Union High School, took to YouTube after he had become disgruntled with school officials and the teachers union, the New York Daily News reports.

“This is all planned and very well thought out,” Davis said in one of the YouTube videos, according to WNYT. “I’ve studied military tactics and this is the way to go. It’s all going to hit so hard, so fast and shut that school system down ’til they get things straight.”

Exactly what “this” relates to in the video is unclear. Davis reportedly offered no concrete plans.

“Some of his postings on YouTube and Facebook were very concerning when he talked about studying military style training. He talked about reading CIA manuals and has a real dislike for some of the staff at the high school,” Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette told WNYT, apparently after personally interviewing Davis at the hospital.

“That was alarming to us and we were concerned about the safety of those people,” Doucette added.

Police arrested Davis after neighbors allegedly spotted Davis toting a rifle from his home to his car, reports local NBC affiliate WNYT.

Doucette noted that the weapon is the same kind of firearm Adam Lanza used to massacre 26 people at an elementary school in the Newtown, Conn. last month, according to WNYT.

Davis told authorities he has owned the gun since 2009 and has never fired it, WNYT reports. However, police later found several hundred rounds of ammunition and loaded clips inside his home.

Davis’ wife reportedly had no inkling that her husband owned the weapon. She has since taken their two young children to stay with a relative and has sought a restraining order against him.

Davis has now been discharged from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, according to the Daily News.

Mount Anthony Union High School has since placed Davis on administrative leave.

Davis’s videos appear to have been removed from YouTube for a violation of the website’s terms of service.

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