Autocorrect Mistake Accidentally Sends School Shooting Threat
Damn you, autocorrect!
Autocorrect is a useful feature that can often be absolutely hilarious. There are whole websites dedicated to documenting the funny, sometimes inappropriate, and whacky results of the accidental autocorrect. Though it may be embarrassing, it's rare that autocorrect will cause any real trouble. Sure, you might have some explaining to do (especially if autocorrect put some lewd words in your mouth), but we had never heard a case of autocorrect gone wrong with catastrophic results. Until today, that is.
This story actually involves two cell phone faux pas. The first is the dreaded autocorrect, while the second is a text sent to the wrong phone number. According to the Gainesville Times, West Hall middle and high schools went into lock down after a text message that read "gunman be at west hall today," was received by a member of the community. Police tracked the number only to discover that autocorrect has changed 'gunna' to 'gunman.' The lock down was lifted at 1:45 p.m. but authorities said that the person who informed the police did the right thing.
"It was a combination of odd circumstances," Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks told the Gaineville Times. "We want to emphasize that the recipient did the right thing in reporting the message."
The story doesn't mention what kind of phone the sender of the text was using, but CNet reports that the iPhone autocorrects 'gunna' to 'Gunnar' and our own little test has confirmed that Android will let you use the word 'gunna' without trying to correct you. Windows Phone does offer 'gunman' up as a suggestion but it doesn't automatically insert it in place of 'gunna.'