FEMA Spokesman Appears To Make Joke About Yale Gun Lockdown

A California-based spokesman for FEMA apparently tried on Monday to crack a joke on Facebook about reports that a person with a gun was on the campus of Yale University in Connecticut.

The apparent joke came as a comment underneath a post from Capital New York editor JoAnne Wasserman, who had shared a link to a story about the Yale incident. The incident had resulted in the campus being locked down for part of the afternoon, though police said no shooting had occurred. 

John Hamill, a regional spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, posted just one word in reply to the link: “Waitlisted…”

TPM attempted to reach Hamill to ask about the comment. Before TPM could inform him of the reason for the call, he asked for contact information and said he would call back. Hamill has not responded to subsequent attempts to contact him. His comment on Facebook has since been deleted.

The incident at Yale took place on the same day that Connecticut officials released an investigative report detailing last year’s elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

See the exchange between Wasserman and Hamill below:

(h/t Azi Paybarah)

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