Auto correct error causes high school to lockdown

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say West Hall High School went on lockdown thanks to an auto correct error in a text message that was sent by a student.

A student at Lanier Technical College sent a text message that meant to say "Gunna go to West Hall this afternoon" but autocorrect changed the first word to "Gunman."

When someone in the West Hall community received the text message on Wednesday, they alerted law enforcement. A lockdown was placed at West Hall high school and middle schools and was lifted after authorities traced the message to the student and realized the text was not a treat.

Hall County Sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks says the student had no intentions of harm.


spencerid 2 years, 9 months ago

It's so ironic!! I always use the auto-correction program, but after I write the text/message I double check to be sure that I wrote well. I know how often the program fails. Also I am lucky that I don't go daily to school, because I've chosen an online form of education which offer online degrees.


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