Twitter was abuzz yesterday with a photo snapped inside an Evansville, Indiana Walmart. It depicted a gun display with a back-to-school promotional sign that read, 鈥淥wn the School Year Like a Hero.鈥

In light of the increasingly deadly school shootings that have taken place over the last few years, you鈥檇 assume that the nation鈥檚 biggest seller of guns and ammo would remain vigilant about such a display. A company spokesperson is now apologizing for the snap, and the company is working on figuring out exactly who set it up.

In a statement reported byThe Washington Post, Walmart spokesperson Charles Crowson said that it wasn鈥檛 clear whether the display had been set up by a company employee or a shopper. He also said that the reported store location of Evansville, Indiana, was incorrect.

鈥淲hat鈥檚 seen in this photograph would never be acceptable in our stores,鈥 said Crowson. We regret this situation and are looking into how it could have happened.鈥

Leeanna May, the Twitter user who posted the original photograph of the gun display, told the Post that she tried and failed to find a store manager while shopping, and that she is dismayed that no one would have considered the connection between back-to-school displays and school shootings.

鈥淧eople don鈥檛 seem to honestly care,鈥 she said.

Throughout the day yesterday, Walmart鈥檚 social media team responded quickly to dozens of comments about the lack of foresight in promoting guns using the company鈥檚 back-to-school superhero campaign. One tweet from the company assured disgruntled tweeters that a store manager, 鈥淐hristina,鈥 had been located and the display was removed (which goes against Crowson鈥檚 statement that it could not have been a store in Indiana).

While there have been no further comments on the display from the company, many people, like May, were disappointed in the lack of understanding of how gun violence affects students. Since 2013, there have been over 200 school shootings in the US, an average of one per week, including summer months.

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(h/t Jezebel; photo via Scott Olson/Getty)