A woman who took a picture of herself in from of the Arlington National Cemetery has caused outrage online and has been placed on unpaid leave from their jobs.
Lindsey Stone from Plymouth Mass., was on a work-paid trip to Arlington National Cemetery where she took the photo.
In the photo, Stone was standing beside the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier that was next to a sign that said “Silence and Respect,” while giving the finger and pretending to yell.
She posted the picture on Facebook after. When online users took notice of her photo, she was criticized for being insensitive.
She tried to calm the storm by a Facebook response.
“Whoa whoa whoa… wait,” she wrote on Oct. 20, according to Gawker. “This is just us, being the douchebags that we are, challenging authority in general. Much like the pic posted the night before, of me smoking right next to a no smoking sign. OBVIOUSLY we meant NO disrespect to people that serve or have served our country.”
Soon a Facebook page group named “Fire Lindsey Stone” came up.
The page said Stone “disrespected every man and woman far greater than herself with the actions shown in my profile picture.”
Stone works for LIFE, an organization that assists adults with disabilities.
The controversial Facebook photo reached LIFE and put Stone and her co-worker on unpaid leave pending an investigation.
LIFE response with a Facebook post of its own:
“This photograph in no way reflects the opinions or values of the LIFE organization, which holds our nation’s veterans in the highest regard. We are proud to have veterans serving on our staff and board of trustees, and we value their service. The men and women who have selflessly fought and sacrificed their lives to protect the rights and lives of Americans deserve our utmost respect and gratitude. We are acutely aware that this photo has done a disservice to veterans and we are deeply saddened that it was taken and shared in a public medium.”
What do you think of the photo? Did people overreact or was Stone, in fact, disrespectful?