American woman Lindsey Stone has found herself at the centre of a controversial row on Facebook after she posted a picture of herself making an inappropriate gesture while at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Lindsey Stone worked for LIFE Inc and has handed in her resignation following the scandal according to a report by the Herald.
A spokesman for LIFE Inc told the Boston Herald: “Lindsey resigned and we accepted her resignation.”
LIFE Inc is a non profit organisation that works with adults with special needs and not only does Lindsey Stone no longer work for the company, neither does the woman who took the photo according to reports.
A statement was posted by LIFE Inc on Facebook regarding the situation: “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.”
Lindsey Stone and Jamie Schuh, the woman who took the photo, have both said that they are “deeply sorry” about the incident.
Peter Stone, her father, said: “She is not happy at all. She is devastated. She had no idea that she was going to hurt anybody. It was never her intention.”
The photo of Lindsey Stone appeared on her own personal Facebook page but was soon shared around the social network and led to a number of new Facebook pages being set up including one called “Fire Lindsey Stone” which had over 30,000 likes.
But while there has been outrage about the photo all over Facebook and in the press in America there are some people who are supporting Lindsey Stone including the more than 200 people who have “liked” the new page “Don’t Fire Lindsey Stone”.
The person running the site wrote: “Not that this will matter to the people who have already taken the time to post, but I am not Lindsey Stone. I am sure that she has more things to do than to be messing with Facebook.. such as now fearing for her life because of people who have made atrocious comments such as how she deserves to be raped, beaten, or even killed.
“Did she do something lame and not funny? Yeah, but that doesn’t merit hateful comments or threats to her life. Doesn’t mean that she should lose her job because of a few thousand people selectively outraged by offenses against the troops. It puts her in the same camp as teens who make racist tweets, or that one man who tried to talk smack to a Chick-Fil-A employee in the midst of the protests.
“It doesn’t put her in the same camp as someone who does something truly horrible, such as say, posing with dead bodies of innocent civilians, or with people celebrating the death of people from another country.”