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School shooting call leads OH police to Nerf fight

10:53 AM, Aug. 22, 2013  |  Comments
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ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - Police say confusion over a phone message about a toy gun fight prompted a false report of a shooting at a Cleveland-area school on the first day of class.

Emergency responders in Elyria (eh-LEER'-ee-uh) rushed to Open Door Christian School and Church and put it on lockdown Wednesday after a report of a shooting. Officers were relieved to discover the altercation taking place was a Nerf gun fight in the church area.

The response stunned staff at the school, which resumed classes after a 15-minute lockdown.

Police determined a church secretary's daughter had called authorities after misinterpreting a phone message her mother left about someone shooting in the fight.

Police Capt. Chris Costantino says the daughter was concerned and did the right thing.

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