West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy said two training instructors and one cadet were fired after the agency released the image Thursday. Thirty-four other employees, including the trainees in the photo, have been suspended without pay.
The image shows more than two dozen trainees with their arms raised and faces blurred. It also includes a line of text above the group reading “Hail Byrd.” An agency spokesman said that was a reference to the trainees’ instructor. The spokesman said the photo was made at Glenville State College.