Back in August Washington DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DC FEMS) suspended their Twitter account on the orders of Communication Director Lon Walls. During that time, Walls made some comments that he was highly criticized by the media, bloggers (including myself), and the public regarding Twitter being “… for parties. We ain’t givin’ parties.”
In an ironic turn of events, Walls has now been suspended because of what he has posted on his Facebook and Twitter account. From the Washington Times:
Mr. Walls confirmed on Monday that he made the comments on his personal Twitter and Facebook accounts. One of the posts, referencing the decision by more than 100 firefighters to walk out of a State of the Department address delivered by Chief Ellerbe, stated that the walkout was the “most blatant, ignorant and racist public display of disrespect I have ever seen.”
The comments, which were posted online shortly after the Jan. 24 address at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, were taken offline Monday night after The Washington Times asked Mr. Walls about them. Mr. Walls removed the posts at the request of Chief Ellerbe, Mr. Ribeiro said.
DC FEMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbe has suspended Walls for what “a few days”… with pay.
I think Walls should be suspended for 21 days, the same amount of time he suspended the DC FEMS Twitter account… and of course I think the suspension should be without pay, especially since he admitted to doing it.