Joke leads to second lockdown in two days at Mater Dei Catholic High School


Chula Vista police responded Thursday to a second lockdown in two days at Mater Dei Catholic High School after someone reported a firearm on campus — which turned out to be a massage gun.

The campus was locked down for “a few minutes” before officers realized the object in question was a massage gun, also known as a percussion massager, Chula Vista Police Lt. Scott Adkins said. .

Pictures online show such tools look like a space-age gun with a big bullet on the end.

Adkins said a teacher overheard a student joking about a massage gun and reported the incident to the school office shortly after 8:50 a.m. The school was closed and police were notified .

An officer from the immediate area visited the classroom and determined it was a false alarm, Adkins said. He said the lockdown was lifted in five minutes.

“I don’t know if the teacher even saw it, but he probably just heard ‘gun’ and called the office,” Adkins said.

The department said the incident was a misunderstanding, was not being treated as a crime and was in the hands of school administrators.

It was the second time this week that someone had reported a firearm on campus. The school was closed on Wednesday after a caller reported an active shooter. The call was later determined to be a hoax, police said.

During this incident, someone called Chula Vista Police from an out-of-state number around 1 p.m. to report that he was locked in a classroom with others and that others people nearby had been injured. He also said he saw two men with guns on campus.

Police investigated but learned from school employees that the room number the caller mentioned did not exist. Officers emptied all classrooms and accounted for all students and staff.


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