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Auto correct error causes lockdown at high school

Thursday - 3/1/2012, 8:15am  ET

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a north Georgia high school went on lockdown thanks to an auto correct error in a text message that was sent by a student to a wrong number.

The Gainesville Times ( http://bit.ly/y9muQo) reports that a student at Lanier Technical College sent a text message that meant to say "Gunna be at West Hall this afternoon" but auto correct changed the first word to "Gunman."

When the text message went to a wrong number Wednesday, the recipient alerted law enforcement and West Hall high school and middle schools were locked down. The lockdown was lifted after authorities traced the message to the student and realized the text was not a threat.

Hall County Sheriff's office spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks says the student had no intention to do any harm.


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