KOA fires white worker who pulled gun on black visitors

Published 6:31 pm Tuesday, May 28, 2019

JACKSON (AP) — A white employee of a Mississippi campground has been fired after video showed her holding a gun while telling an African American couple to leave because they did not have a reservation.

Kampgrounds of America spokesman Mike Gast said Tuesday that the unidentified employee had been fired from the KOA in Starkville.

A video posted Sunday to Jessica Richardson’s Facebook page shows a woman in a KOA shirt holding a gun as Richardson and her husband say they didn’t know they needed a reservation.

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Richardson did not immediately respond to messages an Associated Press reporter left her through Facebook and at the nail salon where she works.

Gast says KOA “does not condone the use of a firearm in any manner” on its properties or franchises.