An NBC affiliate serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area apologized Friday for penning an extremely insensitive Facebook post about a Fort Hood soldier’s tragic death.
“BOOops,” the post began, jokingly referring to a Fort Hood soldier who accidentally shot and killed a fellow solider after he tried to cure him of hiccups by “scaring him.”
“A Fort Hood solider was fatally shot after his friend tried to cure him of hiccups by scaring him with a loaded gun. The shooter has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter,” the post read.
Following the story description, the affiliate then asked readers to “SHARE your best solution for getting rid of hiccups below!” Pictured directly underneath was the barrel of a handgun.
Unsurprisingly, the post infuriated many Facebook users.
““It’s not funny to make a joke about someone’s death. Especially a young soldier who died because of a stupid, stupid prank,” one Facebook user wrote.
A “tipster” reportedly told TVSpy that the post was up for 40 minutes before the swift outrage caused the local station to remove it. The station then issued an apology for its “error in judgment.”