Autocorrect Leads to School Lockdown

An autocorrected text message sent a Gainesville, Georgia school into lockdown on Wednesday, February 29.

School administrators and law enforcement issued the lockdown for West Hall middle and high school a little before noon on Wednesday after a community member received a text message stating “gunman be at west hall today”.

“Gunman” was autocorrected by the sender’s cell phone. The sender was trying to write “gonna”. The sender then sent the text message to a wrong number, adding more to the confusion.

Police were alerted of the text message at 11:30 a.m. Police were able to track the number to the sender where they realized the autocorrect mishap.

“It was a combination of odd circumstances,” stated Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks of the Hall County Sherriff’s Office. “We want to emphasize that the recipient did the right thing in reporting the message.”

Hall Superintendent Will Schofield said, “I am extremely proud of our school team members as they handled a challenging situation well.” He continued by saying, “While this event caused a great deal of anxiety among students, staff and parents, be assured that we will always err on the side of caution when it comes to the safety of our boys and girls.”

The lockdown was lifted at 1:45 p.m.

The lockdown came days after three students were killed a Chardon High School in Ohio.