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Teacher Placed on Leave After Guns Cause School Lockdown

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Police said two Clairemont schools were locked down Friday because a school employee reported seeing a gunman who turned out to be a teacher who had brought two plastic replicas of antique muskets to class.

The history teacher, Brian Buckels, was placed on paid leave for the remaining week of summer school while the district investigated the incident, but it was unclear if he would be disciplined, according to the San Diego Unified School District.

The employee at Marston Middle School reported seeing a man in shorts and a Hawaiian-style shirt carrying what appeared to be a pair of long barreled guns past the campus office building about 11:15 a.m., according to San Diego police.

Administrators at the school and at Clairemont High across the street ordered teachers to keep students inside their classrooms while police searched the area, SDPD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said. Personnel at a public recreation center in the neighborhood also kept visitors inside as officers investigated, she said.

Police searching the middle school found a teacher matching the description of the rifleman about 1 p.m., Munoz said.

The man identified himself as an instructor and showed them plastic replicas of two Revolutionary War-era muskets he had brought to the campus for use as a teaching aid in his summer-session class, said Jack Brandais of the school district.

The teacher, who works at another SDUSD campus during the regular school year, was placed on paid leave for the remaining week of summer school, Brandais said.

"We have a zero-tolerance policy (against guns at schools), but teachers use a lot of things in the classroom (as learning aids)," he said.

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