Autocorrect Mistake Leads to School Being Locked-Down
Published on: 2nd Mar 2012
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Smartphones predictive text services sometimes struggle with the slang speak used by some of today's younger persons and an attempt to autocorrect a misspelt word resulted in a school being closed due to fears of a lone gunman roaming the corridors.
A pupil apparently struggling to spell "going to", typed "Gunna be at West Hall this afternoon" and also managed to send it to the wrong phone number.
Alas, the phone auto-corrected the text to "Gunman be at West Hall this afternoon" resulting in the recipient alerting the authorities and the police shutting-down the school while they looked for the mysterious gunman.
"It was a combination of odd circumstances," said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks of the Hall County Sheriff's Office. "We want to emphasize that the recipient did the right thing in reporting the message."