Arlington National Cemetery Facebook photo goes viral; two Massachusetts women fired
The two women responsible for a controversial photo taken at Arlington National Cemetery have been fired despite their public apology over what they thought was a private posting.
Lindsey Stone of Plymouth, Massachusetts had her photo taken at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery during a work trip last month.
In the photo, she is seen making an obscene gesture and pretending to scream next to a sign asking for silence and respect.
In the statement the two women posted to apologize, they said they meant no disrespect to veterans or to anyone. It was just meant to be funny.
Stone said her own father called it "disgraceful."
"She had no intention of upsetting or offending anyone," Peter Stone told WBZ-TV. "It was poor judgment and she regrets every part of it."
And a lot of people agree that it was disgraceful. There's now even a "Fire Lindsey Stone" Facebook site.
Her employer, a Cape Cod organization that helps adults with disabilities, put her on unpaid leave while it investigates.
Arlington National Cemetery declined to comment on camera with ABC7, but issued a statement today saying simply, "We ask that all visitors ... comport themselves in a manner that is in keeping with the sacrifice of our service members laid to rest here."
The women were employed by LIFE or Living Independently Forever, a non-profit that provides support for adults with disabilities in the Cape Cod area. LIFE issued this statement on their Facebook page:
"We wish to announce that the two employees recently involved in the Arlington Cemetery incident are no longer employees of LIFE. Again, we deeply regret any disrespect to members of the military and their families. The incident and publicity has been very upsetting to the learning disabled population we serve. To protect our residents, any comments, however well-intentioned, will be deleted. We appreciate your concern and understanding as we focus on the care of our community."
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