Lebanon police defuse mental health crisis, secure schools

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LEBANON — Police responded to a potential threat at Hanover Street School on Friday after a father reportedly made alarming statements involving self-harm and firearms.

The initial concern was raised to Vermont State Police by the mother of the student and then relayed to the Lebanon School Resource Officer.

The father, a regular attendee at the school’s weekly sing-along event, was located by Lebanon Police on Hanover Street Extension at 2:05 p.m.

Officers conducted a welfare check and found the man in a mental health crisis, armed with loaded firearms, and non-compliant with commands.

As negotiations ensued, Hanover Street School was locked down, and Lebanon High School was placed on secure campus status.

At 4:15 p.m., the man, identified as Eric Wilkinson, 39, of Vershire, voluntarily left his vehicle and was taken into protective custody without further incident.

Wilkinson was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for evaluation.

Two rifles and two handguns were recovered from his vehicle.

The lockdown was lifted at 4:30 p.m., with authorities confirming no direct threat to the school or students.

Wilkinson faces charges of Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest or Detention.

He will be arraigned at the 2nd Circuit Lebanon District Court.

Multiple agencies supported the Lebanon Police during the incident, ensuring the safety of the school community.

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