Autocorrect Mistake Leads to School Being Locked-Down

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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."

On the web: The Gainesville Times via Cnet

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