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

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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36 Comments

1. android_hitman unregistered

... 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

7. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

11. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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

16. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

18. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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!!!!

24. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

31. danny_a2005

Posts: 349; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

this is true, it happens with my desire z too

36. Triton

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

23. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

35. Triton

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

17. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 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.

22. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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).

2. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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

3. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

4. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 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.

5. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

*mad* *after reading the message*

10. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 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...

13. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

i know.

28. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

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

29. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

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

6. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 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

25. asimo

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

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

8. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

and yet apple is patenting autocorrect..

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1452; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

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

21. Virile

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

Just tried it and it auto corrected to gunnar

12. frontlyna

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

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

19. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Corrected, thanks

26. McFrost69

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

There. Their. They're not the same.

14. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

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

15. krysis

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

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