Disney World Intern Fired Over Alligator Tweet Gets Her Job Back

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
July 18, 2016 Updated: July 18, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla.  — A Walt Disney World intern is back on the job after she was briefly fired for tweeting a photo of a sign telling employees how to respond to questions about alligators in the theme park’s waters.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Shannon Sullivan was fired this week after posting the photo on Twitter. It told employees that if guests ask whether alligators live in the park’s waters, they should reply, “Not that we know of.” It added, “Please do not say that we have seen them before.”

Sullivan told her bosses that that was misleading. She posted the photo and was fired.

Disney said the sign wasn’t authorized and was removed. Sullivan got her job back.

“We do not want our Guests to be afraid while walking around Frontierland,” read the sign. A 2-year-old boy was killed by an alligator at the park last month.

“I was very offended by it and I was pretty vocal about it,” said Sullivan, according to the Sentinel, adding that she was bothered by misleading others. “At this point it became my morals and my integrity and what I believe in,” she told the paper. “I thought if I lose my job because of that, it’s worth it to me.”

Epoch Times contributed to this report, adding her quotes.