Offensive photo taken at Arlington National Cemetery prompts Internet firestorm

Lindsey is remorseful of getting called out for her actions. If she was remorseful for her action she would have never posted that pic on facebook,



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A Plymouth woman has become the subject of an Internet firestorm after a photo taken at the Arlington National Cemetery angered thousands on Facebook.

The photo (which blurred) shows Lindsey Stone making a graphic and obscene gesture next to a sign at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which asks for "silence and respect."

Stone and co-worker Jamie Schuh, who took the photo, have been placed on unpaid leave from their jobs at Living Independently Forever, Inc., or LIFE, a Hyannis organization that helps adults with disabilities on Cape Cod.

Shuh is the Director of Supported Independent Living for the organization.

Almost 1,700 people posted comments on LIFE's Facebook page protesting the photo, in which Stone pretends to yell while showing her middle finger.

Stone's father, Peter, told NewsCenter 5 Tuesday that she is upset and remorseful and that the photo does not reflect her values.

"Lindsey called and told me how full of regret she was that this all went down, it was just a spur of the moment total lapse of judgment. She's very sorry that she offended anybody," said Peter Stone.

"She wasn't reacting to the place, she was reacting to the sign and she apologizes to everybody."

"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," LIFE said in a statement. "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."

The photo was subsequently removed from Facebook.

"We sincerely apologize for all the pain we have caused by posting the picture we took in Washington DC on Facebook. While posted on a public forum, the picture was intended only for our own amusement. We never meant any disrespect to any of the people nationwide who have served this country and defended our freedom so valiantly. It was meant merely as a visual pun, intending to depict the exact opposite of what the sign said, and had absolutely nothing to do with the location it was taken or the people represented there. We never meant to cause any harm or disrespect to anyone, particularly our men and women in uniform. We realize it was in incredibly poor taste, and are deeply sorry for the offense we have caused."

"We would also like to apologize to LIFE, Inc. It is an amazing organization that provides invaluable services to adults with learning and developmental disabilities. We are beyond remorseful that our actions have caused them such undue public scrutiny. The disrespect implied by our picture has nothing at all to do with LIFE's mission statement or values. We regret having caused any suffering to the staff members, residents, families and friends."

"Again, we very sincerely apologize to everyone who took offense to the photo. We realize that it was an ignorant and distasteful thing for us to do, but we truly meant no harm. We are deeply sorry."

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She, like the majority of our politicians, is sorry WHEN CAUGHT.  It puts one in mind of the politician who assumes responsibility for his actions when CAUGHT, all the while resting comfortably in the knowledge that no punishment will be meted out for the transgression.  The admission of wrong doing is sufficient.   Now, let's put it all behind us so I can continue on in my position of authority and privilege. 

A new "hanoi Jane?" Maybe MRS Turner will hire her as a case worker, she could certainly use the treatment.

They've both been FIRED!   Happy Thanksgiving Day!!



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