We’ve all had, or at least seen, those amusing autocorrect moments where meanings get mixed up because a phone takes matters into its own hand and decides that you didn’t really want to write a certain word. However, two U.S. based schools were shut down based on a text that said “gunman be at west hall today.” One student meant to text, “Gunna be at West Hall this afternoon”, but sent the message to the wrong number along with missing the autocorrected word.
The recipient contacted local authorities who closed the West Hall middle and high schools. Hall Country Schools Superintendent Will Schofield said that the ordeal caused locals to be anxious, but added “be assured that we will always err on the side of caution when it comes to the safety of our boys and girls." The schools were closed for two hours, while police investigated the claims and the situation.
It pays to read back what you write in text messages, but you should also make sure you’re texting the right person so that you at least get to chance to clarify what happened in the case of an autocorrected text.