Lawton Meteorologist Fired Over ‘Offensive’ Brain Teaser

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

KSWO meteorologist Mandy Bailey has been fired over her Monday morning brain teaser that some, including her station, found to be racist and offensive.

Bailey wrote out the word “THERE” on a white board with a noose hanging from the “T.” The correct answer to  the puzzle was, “Hang In There.” But that teaser was too much for some viewers, who complained it was racist and insensitive towards those who have died by suicide.


The Gray-owned station in Lawton, Okla., agreed, and fired Bailey for her actions.

From KSWO management: On Monday morning, one of our employees at KSWO-TV displayed an image that was offensive and unacceptable. At KSWO, we do not tolerate behavior of any kind that depicts hatred, social injustice, racism or anti-Semitism. The employee responsible was terminated immediately. On behalf of all of the employees at KSWO, we offer you our sincere, heart-felt apology with a promise that we will continue to work tirelessly to earn your trust every day.