Mass. woman loses job after posting photo on Facebook

A Massachusetts woman who posted a controversial photo on Facebook of herself at Arlington National Cemetery with her middle finger raised has lost her job due to controversy over the picture.

A Plymouth, Mass., woman whose "clowning around" photo at Arlington National Cemetery became the focus of online furor after she posted it on Facebook has resigned her job due to the controversy.

Lindsey Stone, a Plymouth, Mass., resident, posted a photo of herself on Facebook with her middle finger raised and pretending to shout next to a sign asking for "silence and respect" near the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The photo was taken by a co-worker, Jamie Schuh, when the two were on a business trip to Washington, D.C., last month.

The posting ignited an online furor that included a "Fire Lindsey Stone" page on Facebook. Stone apologized through her father, Peter Stone, according to a Washington, D.C., TV station. Her father said she was clowning around and was reacting to the sign and not Arlington Cemetery.

According to the Boston Herald, Stone has resigned from the Cape Cod nonprofit, LIFE Inc., that she worked for and her resignation has been accepted. In a posting on its Facebook page, LIFE Inc., said both Stone and Schuh were no longer employees of the nonprofit.

"We deeply regret any disrespect to members of the military and their families," the LIFE Inc. post said. "The incident and publicity has been very upsetting to the learning disabled population we serve."

Both Stone and Schuh had been placed on unpaid leave while LIFE Inc., which helps adults with special needs, investigated.

The Boston Herald quoted her father as saying: "She's not happy at all. She's just devastated. She had no idea that she was going to hurt anybody. It was never her intention."