DJ Fired For Remarks

A radio station fired a disc jockey after he suggested to a child caller that he take a rifle to school and shoot people.

Rob Payer, known on the air as Rob-O, was fired Wednesday from WEMX after the station was flooded with telephone calls complaining about what he had said on the air earlier that day, said Peter Moncrieffe, president of Citywide Communications, which owns the radio station.

Â"We just thought it wasn't a responsible thing to do,Â" Moncrieffe said, recalling the school shooting last month at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

During the morning show, Payer took a call from a fourth-grader who had been thrown out of school for cursing, Moncrieffe said. Payer suggested that the child take an automatic rifle to school and shoot people, Moncrieffe said.

Later during the same telephone conversation, Payer made another remark about shooting people, Moncrieffe said.

Payer is not considered a shock jock. The station plays hip-hop music.

Payer did not immediately return a telephone message left at his home Thursday.