Auto correct error leads to high school lockdown

Nickalas Tabbert

Think your auto correct errors are bad?  Check this out.

Authorities say a north Georgia high school went on lockdown after an auto correct error in a text message was sent by a student to a wrong number.

A Lanier Technical College student meant to say "Gunna be at West Hall this afternoon" but auto correct changed the first word to "Gunman," The Gainesville Times reported.

When the text message was sent to a wrong number Wednesday, the recipient notified law enforcement around 11:30 a.m. and West Hall high school and middle schools were locked down.  The lockdown was lifted around 1:45 p.m. after authorities traced the message back to the student and determined there was no threat.

"The school system always relies on law enforcement for school safety and anytime they request a lockdown we go with that request," said Gordon Higgins, Hall County Schools spokesman.  "We always take every precaution concerning a potential threat or danger."

The student had no intentions to do any harm, Hall County Sherrif's office spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said.

"It was a combination of odd circumstances," he said.  "We want to emphasize that the recipient did the right thing in reporting the message."