The education institutes in West Hall, Georgia were locked down after a handset's autocorrect feature added the word 'gunman' to an outgoing message, sparking widespread concern, The Gainsville Times reports.
"The school system always relies on law enforcement for school safety and anytime they request a lockdown we go with that request," said Gordon Higgins, Hall County Schools spokesman. "We always take every precaution concerning a potential threat or danger."
The text, sent to a resident of the West Hall community, was intended to read: "Gunna be at west hall today", only to become "gunman be at west hall today", leading to the recipient alerting local law enforcement.
Sergeant Stephen Wilbanks of the Hall County Sheriff's Office commented: "It was a combination of odd circumstances. We want to emphasise that the recipient did the right thing in reporting the message."
The autocorrect feature often leads to comical text message blunders, with entire websites based on the theme attracting scores of visitors daily.
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