Cape Cod, MA – Lindsey Stone may lose her job after posting a photo of herself appearing to flip off the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Facebook. The photo many consider extremely disrespectful to members of the military, does not depict a fresh-faced teen acting out out of the view of parents. Stone and her photographer friend are grown women. Although the news articles about Stone do not list her age, she appears around 40 – old enough to consider the consequences of her actions.
In the photo, which has now been removed from Stone’s Facebook page, she is seen yelling, or pretending to yell, while giving the middle finger by a sign next to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The sign asks for silence and respect for the fallen hero.
Lindsey Stone’s coworker snapped the posed moment, so she too is facing backlash at work, The Blaze notes. The photos caused “thousands” of comments, according to CBS Boston. Stone posted this as the first wave of astonishment at the juvenile act began online:
“Whoe whoa whoa … wait. This is just us, being the douchebags that we are, challenging authority in general. Much like the pic posted he 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.”
Stone works at Living Independently Forever. LIFE is a non-profit organization that aids adults with disabilities in the Cape Cod region.
The “Fire Lindsey Stone” Facebook page earned nearly 20,000 “likes” soon it was published. A statement from LIFE posted on the page after the employer became aware of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier incident reads:
“On November 19 at approximately 6 pm we became aware that one of our employees had posted an offensive and inappropriate photograph on her personal Facebook page. The photo was taken at a national historic site in October by a fellow employee during a trip to Washington D.C. attended by 40 residents and eight staff. Both employees have been placed on unpaid leave pending the results of an internal investigation.”
Although some of the comments on the page indicated that Lindsey Stone should not lose her job because of a “stupid photo” most of the comments want the women terminated. Some posters noted that they do not want their disabled loved ones care for by people who showed such “bad judgment.”