Smart phone, stupid choices

“Gunna be at West Hall,” a Lanier Technical College texted, trying to tell a friend he was going to West Hall High School in Hall County, Georgia. But the smart phone’s auto-correct feature changed the message to “Gunman to be at West Hall.”

Then the student misdialed, sending the message to a stranger. That person called 911. The college and the high school were locked down for two hours till police determined the texter was armed only with his phone.


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  1. Yeah, I hate that predictive text. I turned off that less-than-useful feature on my new phone.

  2. Obi-Wandreas says:

    The very concept that your finger is hitting several keys, but the system figures out which one you meant is amazing. The vast majority of the time, it works.

    Other times, however:

  3. Administrators justify their miserable existences by overreacting.

  4. Proof that spelling is important, even in slang: Autocorrect might have tried to correct “gonna”, but not to “gunman”. I hope that’s two kids that have learned to review the message and address before hitting “send”.

    For a change, I can’t fault the cops and administrators for overreacting; that was something they had to take seriously until it was traced to the source. 2 hours seems quite reasonable for following the chain back to the source, including interviewing both the kids. There’s too many schools where they would have stayed on lockdown and continued searching for a gun even after they knew the whole story…