TODAY | November 21, 2012
>>> let's begin this half hour outraging people on the internet. a woman took a very disrespectful picture of herself on a trip to arlington national cemetery and then posted it on facebook . natalie is here with more on that. natalie, good morning.
>> one of the dangers of social media . you do something stupid, you put it online, of course it could have big consequences. thousandof tourists visit arlington cemetery every year to pay their respects to this country's fallen soldiers, but last month 30-year-old lindsey stone photographed herself doing something very different.
>> it's bad. it's just a shame.
>> horrible. what is wrong with this world?
>> reporter: in this picture lindsey can be seen flipping off the too many of the unknowns and pretending to scream in front of a sign requesting silence and respect.
>> oh, i was appalled. i mean, it's not what lindsey is about or i'm all about or this family is about.
>> stone's father speaking to our affiliate whdh in boston apologized for the photo posted on her daughter's facebook page as a joke.
>> beside herself. no idea it would go where it went.
>> reporter: to lindsey 's surprise the picture went viral and even a facebook page called fire lindsey stone. lindsey and her co-worker have been placed on leave at the assisted living home live, inc where they both work and he re-leased this statement. this photograph in no way reflects the opinions, thoughts or feelings of the life organization. lindsey and her friend who took the picture also released a statement saying we sincerely apologize for all the pain we caused by posting the picture. we never meant to disrespect any of the people nationwide who have served this country and defended our freedom so valiantly. but these veterans in hyannis, massachusetts don't care if it was a joke or not. to them it's offensive either way .
>> pretty disrespectful, and stupid. people do stupid things in this country every day. that's one of them right there, for sure.
>> and in their statement lindsey and her co-worker add that had they recognize the photo was distasteful and ignorant. how that affects their work remains to be seen. both are now on unpaid leave. they are releasing a statement saying they plan to have an appropriate response to the circumstances, matt. what do you think should happen here.
>> considering the fact she lives in an assisted center, probably with veterans, i would imagine, would you think you would have that compassion, so it's --
>> of all places, arlington national cemetery . people who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and you show disrespect by taking the picture and then you put it online.
>> incredibly stupid.
>> i think she won't be having a tale.
>> a real cautionary tale for a lot of kids and adults out there that there's big ramifications.
>> and huge consequences by the fact that we're talking about it and now the whole world knows.
>> do something for shock value, and, you know what? you get --
>> pay the consequences. i think she will have to go out there and do something really good for her community to show that her heart is in the right place. we'll follow that story.