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Damn you, autocorrect! School gets locked down after teen texts "gunman" instead of "gunna"

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Damn you, autocorrect! School gets locked down after teen texts
If you think "Bowling for Columbine" and all the school violence reports haven't made the country paranoid, just wait to hear this story. Gainesville, GA, saw its West Hall middle and high schools get locked down yesterday, after a text message sent to the wrong person read "Gunman be at West Hall this afternoon".

The culprit was not some wacko with a firearm, but rather the good ol' autocorrect, whose mishaps have already received a cult following and dedicated websites. 

Actually the text was sent by a student at Lanier Technical College, who meant to say "Gunna be at West Hall this afternooon", but the robocorrection kicked in, and on top of that it was sent to another number than the one it was intended for.

Well, you can't blame the Gainesville authorities or the recipient who reported the text message to them that they shut down the schools, given the situation in Chardon High School in Ohio a few days ago, but you surely can still be amused with all the comotion that autocorrect often brings. And one more lesson - every English teacher will tell you that "gunna" is spelled "gonna", what was autocorrect thinking?

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posted on 01 Mar 2012, 02:36 12

1. android_hitman (Posts: 594; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


... all because of the good old autocorrect from iPhone ...
lucky nobody got hurt but apple products keeps proving that they are s**tty and people are ignore this .. this is trully sad

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 03:14 13

7. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Where did it say it was a iPhone that sent the message, dumbass?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 04:24 11

11. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Because only iPhones have auto-correct (android has word suggestions)...and only an idiot would send something "autocorrected" without checking it first, an idiot who's probably to dumb to use android anyway

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:20 6

16. ibap (Posts: 695; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Android does have autocorrrect, depending on what keyboard you are using. But the reason you need suggestion or autocorrect is the on-screen keyboard. I'm looking forward to going back to a physical keyboard on my next phone. That is one reason people love their Blackberry phones, and the touch-screen-only Storm didn't make it.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:08 1

18. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1275; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I still wonder what phone this person used. But I have to say Blackberry has the best auto correct out there. You can even use "text replace" (I can't remember what is it called) depends on your texting habit. I still remember I could type in "wayd" and it would be replaced by "what are you doing" on screen :D Loved it so much!!!!

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:47 2

24. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)


Must of been an HTC phone. Just tried it on my Thunderbolt and it switched it from gunna to gunman once I pressed space.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 17:03

31. danny_a2005 (Posts: 119; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


this is true, it happens with my desire z too

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 22:59

36. Triton (Posts: 24; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


It was not an iPhone. I typed gunna and it auto corrects to Gunna on my iPhone. The iphone chat interface on this article was used to get you haters to post.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:14

23. Sniggly (Posts: 6996; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's more likely. Android's autocorrect is much more visible than the iPhone's, so it's a lot harder to miss if it's making your text say "gunman." It's possible it was another device, and I blame the idiot who didn't check his message or the number it went to, but it's definitely more likely an iPhone that was involved.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 22:57

35. Triton (Posts: 24; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


It was not an iPhone. I typed gunna and it auto corrects to Gunna on my iPhone. The iphone chat interface on this article was used to get you haters to post.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 07:51 3

17. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


I blame the school.... for teaching the kid to accept slack writting skills. Gunna, seriously? There was a time where t9 texting was counter intuitive and a pain in the ass, so everything became shortened, eg: txt, lmafo, lol.... but now typing is faster than on a laptop.
Stop being lazy.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:10

22. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Android has autocorrect too. In fact I find the autocorrect on my s2 to be terrible. From both the android stock keyboard and the samsung one. As a matter of fact I had to download the iphone emulator keyboard just to have a decent keyboard. But even that has a downside(no mic button for speach to text).

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 02:36 1

2. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


like i once used 'rejected' instead of a 'selected' while replying to a job offer:-P

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 02:53

3. Stuntman (Posts: 715; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Can't they just highlight words not found in the dictionary instead of auto correcting them? Autocorrect is a pain if you use slang or abbreviations.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 02:54 2

4. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


one day i sent a message to my father "i will be there after maghrib " (maghrib means afternoon) . but android autocorrection made it "i will be there after maturation" , my father was thinking i have gone made to read the message.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 02:55 2

5. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


*mad* *after reading the message*

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 04:16

10. abdane (Posts: 475; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


uhm... maghrib is an arabic word... not english, u dont want autocorrect, just disable it or add the word to dictionary... and iPhone will also autocorrect the word to smthn else...

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 04:47

13. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


i know.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 11:22 1

28. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 253; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


"Maghrib" is evening, afternoon is "dohor" or as some say "zohor"

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 13:35

29. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


You are correct sir. I do believe drahmad is a troll

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 03:07

6. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i was also really irritated on my lumia 800 auto correct cuz i use my native language and then auto correct ruins all my message finally goggled for how to disable it was little tricky to find for disabling this feature or atlest i missed it

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:11

25. asimo (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


Swiftkey on Android allows 3 languages simultaneously, and has the best almost mind-reading prediction algorithm. I barely type words anymore

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 03:52 1

8. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


and yet apple is patenting autocorrect..

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 04:07 1

9. baldilocks (Posts: 506; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I tried it on an iPhone 4S. It doesn't auto correct 'gunna'

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:37

21. Virile (Posts: 38; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Just tried it and it auto corrected to gunnar

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 04:46

12. frontlyna (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Phonearena really needs there sources corrected. This happened in Gainesville,Georgia. Yes, GEORGIA.. I KNOW, I LIVE THERE!

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:29

19. Daniel.P (Posts: 99; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Corrected, thanks

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:14

26. McFrost69 (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


There. Their. They're not the same.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 05:01

14. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


I don't think it's amusing, I mean three students did just die cause of the chardon shooting...

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 05:39

15. krysis (Posts: 76; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


yeah. can't be because that they had a school shooting near cleveland last week. that's not why they locked the school down, not at all.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:32 1

20. DrewMonroe (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


in short, proof read your messages before you send and double check the recipients.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:52

27. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i have an iphone 4S the word "gunna" auto corrected to "finna" for me... lol

why wouldnt you just say "gonna" thats more correct slang (correct slang...lmao)

gunna sounds like gunner which i can understand why gunman came up.

smh... ALL touch screen keyboards are screwy...

i guess it depends if they were texting about a gun man previously the phone would remember the letter placements and auto-place the word

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 13:42

30. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


in my dark days when I had the enigmatic Droid X it did had auto correct... had to disable as you al know my typing abilities,,and never proof read,, so I have it disable in the king of the crop iphone.. .. yes you guys may bow....

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 20:11 1

32. Jamus (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


gunmen use iphones. saviors use android

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 00:24

33. joey18 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


Android sucks all phones same software

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 13:36

34. galbert1555 (Posts: 14; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


AHAHAHHAHA.... LOVE THESE. THATS ACTUALLY A GOOD THING RIGHT? NO SCHOOL

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