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Eject button for cassette not working

The camera worked fine yesterday. Today when it was turned on - it gave off a high frequency beep and the flashing symbol (for ejecting the cassette) although there is no cassette in it AND the metal cassette holder that is supposed to automatically release when pressed is not releasing. Something must be stuck maybe? It was brought to my daughter's school to video tape something and they said it worked fine when they tested it but then when they turned it on a bit later to record - it did this (and made a grinding noise briefly). I'd appreciate any suggestions.

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