Disney Fires, Then Immediately Rehires Intern Over Alligator Tweet

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Isabella Ohlmeyer
An intern at Disney recently tweeted a picture of an insensitive sign regarding alligators at the park in Florida and was fired, then rehired from her job.

The heart-wrenching alligator attack that killed 2-year-old Lane Graves upset a Disney intern who decided to tweet a sign intended for Disney staff.  

The sign was located in the employee break room and informed employees that if they were asked by guests if there are alligators at the park, there is a proper answer to tell guests, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

According to the sign, the response by Disney staff would be, “Not that we know of, but if we see one, we will call Pest Management to have them removed. Please do not say that we have seen them before.”

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Disney is obviously well aware of alligators on the property, after inserting ropes and barriers to keep guests out of the water following Graves’ death, according to The Inquisitr.

Shannon Sullivan, the Walt Disney World intern, said, “I was very offended by it and I was pretty vocal about it.”

Following the viral tweet, Disney staff removed the sign from the break room, fired Sullivan and stated they didn’t know who posted the sign.

“At this point, it became my morals and integrity and what I believe in. I thought if I lost my job over that, it’s worth it to me,” she said.

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Soon after her glimpse of unemployment, Dan Cockerell, Vice President of Disney’s Magic Kingdom, rehired Sullivan back as an intern and she reassumed the position, the Washington Post reported.

Disney claims they didn't authorize the sign in the employee break room. 

"The story is accurate," a Disney spokeswoman said to People. "It was not a company sanctioned sign." 

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