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Gazette Premium Content Top 5: Selfies that should have been avoided

The Gazette - Updated: February 28, 2014 at 8:03 am

By now most of the Colorado Springs area knows about the "selfie" that has put the spotlight on Fort Carson Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey.

Leaders from the Mountain Post have launched an investigation into the "selfie" photo that Sheffey posted online with a note that said she was hiding in her car to avoid saluting the flag. The soldier's Instagram image went viral Tuesday, drawing a storm of criticism.

Sheffey, of Fort Carson's 43rd Sustainment Group put the image on her Instagram account with a caption that read, "This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don't have to salute the 1700 flag, KEEP ALL YOUR 'THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.' COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGA FFFF (acronym for I don't give a 'expletive')."

The Army is taking the incident seriously and has launched a probe that could result in discipline, said Col. Heidi Hoyle, special assistant to the 4th Infantry Division commander. At worst, the incident could lead to a court martial for insubordination or failure to obey regulations. If convicted for such crimes, a soldier could face up to two years in prison.

Sheffey's photo is far from the first image posted online that probably could have, or should have, been avoided.

Here's our top five:

1) President Obama took a "selfie" at the memorial service for the late South African President Nelson Mandela. Obama was with United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

2) Larisa Oringdulph, a former Pueblo South High School teacher, resigned last fall after allegations surfaced that she had sent explicit text messages to a student and kissed him. The "sexting" photo of Oringdulph showed up at at least a few news websites. Oringdulph resigned her teaching position on Nov. 7, 2013, according to Pueblo School District 60.

3) Kim Kardashian, in her continued effort to remain something close to relevant, posed a "selfie" about four months after delivering a baby.

4) Tennis star Roger Federer simply is known in social media for taking bad "selfies."

5) Carly McKinney no longer works as a 10th-grade teacher in the Cherry Creek School District after tweeting photos of herself smoking marijuana and other behavior that didn't sit too well with administration. She was known as @crunky_bear on Twitter.

 

 

Fort Carson officials say soldiers caught not saluting during the 5 p.m. retreat ceremony for the lowering of the American flag are subject to an "on the spot correction" - essentially a loud, one-sided discussion with a sergeant.
Read more at http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldiers-selfie-could-land-her-2-years-in-prison/article/1515459#l2eIotK4QMRm0y2w.99
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