Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wisconsin National Guard member spark outrage online


Wisconsin soldier suspended over casket photo
NBC 13 News
By Samantha Jeffreys
Posted: Feb 18, 2014

A soldier with the Wisconsin National Guard has been suspended from funeral honors detail after a photo on a social media site depicted her and other soldiers posing in front of a flag-draped training casket.

In a statement released Tuesday the Wisconsin National Guard said it was investigating the incident, which involves Spc. Terry Harrison and other soldiers "posing disrespectfully" in front of a training casket at a National Guard training center in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Harrison is a member of the Madison-based 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment and the photo was placed on a social media site belonging to her.
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Photos posted by Wis. National Guard member spark outrage online
By Christina Palladino
Feb 18, 2014
MILWAUKEE —It's supposed to be a Wisconsin National Guard tradition, but what was caught on camera is now causing an internet firestorm, but now a lapse in judgment is leading to a military investigation.

Two photographs posted on social media by a member of Wisconsin's Funeral Honor Guard are causing some controversy, sparking outrage by some online.

WISN 12 News isn't identifying the soldier in the pictures because she said she's been receiving death threats after they went viral.

The Wisconsin National Guard confirmed to WISN 12 News it is launching an investigation into her social media account.

The first photo under scrutiny shows her with a folded flag in the background with the caption, "It's so damn cold out. Why have a funeral outside? Somebody's getting a jacked up flag."

The second is from her recent graduation of training for honors at funerals.

WISN 12 News has learned the casket shown in the photo was empty, but some online are upset at the caption at the bottom saying, "We put the 'fun' in funeral."
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