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Cleveland school placed on lockdown for Nerf gunfight

- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 22, 2013

Police say an emergency call about a toy gun fight prompted a false report of a shooting at a Cleveland-area school on the first day of classes.

Open Door Christian School and Church, in the city of Elyria, was put on lockdown Wednesday after police received a report about a shooting Wednesday afternoon, only to learn that it was actually a Nerf gun fight, the Associated Press reported.

Police were met with surprise and confusion, Elyria police Capt. Christopher Costantino told the Chronicle-Telegram, and nothing seemed wrong with the school or church when they arrived.

"People were shocked that we were there," he said.

Classes resumed after a 15-minute lockdown.

Apparently, the confusion was caused by a text sent from a staff member at the church to her daughter, saying that someone shot at her office in a play fight. The daughter misinterpreted the text and called police to report a shooting, the Chronicle-Telegram reported.

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