Fired Y-12 guard says he followed procedure
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Y-12 National Security Complex security guard who was fired last month after a security breach says he did nothing wrong and followed protocol when he encountered three anti-nuclear protesters, including an 82-year-old nun, who cut through perimeter fences and vandalized a building that contains highly enriched uranium, according to an Oak Ridge Today report.
Kirk Garland, 52, who has been a Department of Energy guard for 30 years, was the first to reach the protesters on July 28. He said the reason given for his termination was that he failed to take immediate control of the protesters, but he told Oak Ridge Today that because the unarmed trio was not threatening, he didn’t feel the need to “pull a weapon on those people, mainly because of their age.” The other two protesters are 57 and 63.
“I handled my job exactly the way I was trained,” he said in the report published Tuesday.
The International Guards Union of America Local 3 has filed a grievance on Garland’s behalf.