We have removed this post at the discretion of the editor. We try to hold ourselves to the highest standards of clarity and newsworthiness in our reporting, and to do so while being sensitive to the people and communities we cover.
But sometimes, in the bustle of the newsroom, we publish something that does not live up to our own expectations. We now have reason to doubt the veracity of this story, but its current news value does not merit the effort and expense it would take verify it. We felt the best course of action was to remove the post.