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Two fired after pic near Tomb of the Unknowns sparks outrage

4:31 PM, Nov 22, 2012   |    comments
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The woman photographed clowning around near the Tomb of the Unknowns, and her co-worker who took the picture, have been fired, their employer announced Tuesday evening.

Outrage ensued after Lindsey Stone's co-worker snapped a picture of Stone raising her middle finger and apparently shouting near an Arlington National Cemetery sign that asked for "Silence and Respect."

The two took the photo during a paid trip from LIFE, a non-profit organization that provides housing for people with disabilities in the Cape Cod area.

"We wish to announce that the two employees recently involved in the Arlington Cemetery incident are no longer employees of LIFE," a statement posted to LIFE's Facebook page said. "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."

Stone's picture received attention after she posted it on Facebook, reports NBC News Washington' Erika Gonzalez. More than 12,000 people supported a "Fire Lindsey Stone" Facebook page before it was removed from the social network.

Stone posted an apology to her Facebook page before she lost her job.

"OBVIOUSLY we meant NO disrespect to people that serve or have served our country," she wrote, according to Gawker. "This is just us, being the d---- that we are, challenging authority in general."

The Old Guard, the U.S. Army Infantry regiment that guards the Tomb of the Unknowns told NBC Washington's Gonzales that Stone is entitled to her freedom of speech. It had no further comment about the picture.

NBCNews.com

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