A whole class of corrections officer trainees in West Virginia have been fired after a photo surfaced of them all giving a Nazi salute. A text on the picture says Hail Byrd.” It’s not clear what that is a reference to, but it negates any claim that it’s anything other than what it appears to be.
After a photo surfaced of West Virginia correction officer trainees giving what appears to be the Nazi salute, state officials quickly suspended some employees and the governor ordered the firing of those involved…
Before the photo was made public, the agency’s secretary, Jeff Sandy, released a memo describing the image of Basic Training Class Number 18 as “distasteful, hurtful, disturbing, highly insensitive, and completely inappropriate.” He wrote that the picture “betrays the professionalism I have seen time and time again displayed and practiced by our brave correctional employees.”
Republican Gov. Jim Justice issued a statement condemning the photo and ordering the firing of the people involved.
“This will not be tolerated on my watch — within the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation — or within any agency of state government,” said Justice.
Good to see the governor taking this very seriously and taking such quick and taking such decisive action.