Disney intern fired over alligator tweet gets job back

FILE - In this Friday, June, 17, 2016 file photo released by Walt Disney World Resort, a new sign is seen posted on a beach outside a hotel at a Walt Disney World resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., after a 2-year-old Nebraska boy killed by an alligator at Disney World. Matt Graves, the father of the toddler killed by an alligator at Disney on June 14, told rescue officials two alligators were involved in the attack, according to emails from the Reedy Creek Fire Department. (Walt Disney World Resort via AP, File)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – 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.

A 2-year-old boy was killed by an alligator at the park last month.

Lane Graves (Courtesy: Orange Co. Sheriff’s Office via Twitter)
Lane Graves (Courtesy: Orange Co. Sheriff’s Office via Twitter)

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