KXAS Apologizes for Facebook Joke About Soldier’s Death

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By Merrill Knox

KXAS, the NBC O&O in Dallas, is facing criticism after a Facebook post about a Fort Hood solider’s death.

The soldier was shot accidentally by a fellow soldier, who held a gun to his face in an attempt to scare away his hiccups. The post (right) reads “BOOops” and features an image of a gun, along with encouraging viewers to share their cure for hiccups.

The post generated many comments on the station’s Facebook page.

“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 person wrote.

“It is good to know that a MAJOR TV outlet can admit its errors. Thank You, do not change,” another commented.

A tipster tells us the post was up for 40 minutes before KXAS removed it and posted an apology.

“We have removed the previous post to our Facebook page that many of you felt was insensitive,” the station wrote. “We apologize for the error in judgement.”