On Sunday, it, came to our attention that at least four people we allowed to attend the March for our Lives protests across the United States were in direct violation of our own gun policy. Having taken flight in January, employees are banned from possessing weapons while on duty or representing our newspaper in any format or way.
In Phoenix, two people were suspended after people sent photographs of them back to us holding AR-15 rifles. Another in Florida was suspended after allegedly shouting “Kill the negros” to a group of students who were protesting. And in Washington, another was suspended after clashing with protesters in the city over what was apparently an argument about a spot to sit, which then, turned to threats of gun violence.
Let us take this time to remind people that we will not tolerate the possession of guns while representing this newspaper in any capacity. What you chose to do on your own time is indeed your choice, however, in official capacity — you are bound by our rules.