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    Re: Radio DJ Prank leads to Suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Well, when they do a psychological autopsy on the nurse, they'll probably find out that he/she desperately needed his job and thought he'd lost it.

    While the DJs were idiots, they broke no laws. Just a very unfortunate set of circumstances. HOWEVER, if I were their employers, I'd fire their asses immediately.
    It is a "she" nurse, a mother of two and a wife. And the DJ's's assess were fired.

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    Re: Radio DJ Prank leads to Suicide

    When I heard about the death I suspected that, if anyone other than the nurse were to blame, it was probably the hospital or Catherine's team for being overly harsh on the Nurse in response to the prank. Those two sides are denying any responsibility and public outrage seems to have turned solely on the DJs, which is perhaps not that surprising but also a little silly, IMO.

    I wonder if these DJs now were to commit suicide, if the public would feel bad about their own bullying and blame themselves. Somehow, I doubt it.
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    Re: Radio DJ Prank leads to Suicide

    We are only responsible for "reasonable" reactions to our behavior.

    For example, if I were to walk through south central LA yelling about how America needs to kill all the niggers, I am responsible for the ass-kicking I receive. If I get shot to pieces, while I'm sure most people would agree that murder is not the appropriate response to being offended, nobody's going to have any sympathy.

    Suicide is not a reasonable reaction to what this woman went through.
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    Re: Radio DJ Prank leads to Suicide

    Suicide is not a reasonable reaction?

    Of course not - suicide isn't reasonable . . . to others. To her - apparently her life was ruined enough and there was no way to fix it, only end it. To her it wasn't just reasonable - it was the only option.

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    Re: Radio DJ Prank leads to Suicide

    I don't care what she thought was reasonable. She obviously wasn't the least bit reasonable or ratoinal. My use of the word refers to what would generally be considered reasonable.
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    Re: Radio DJ Prank leads to Suicide

    The nurse who took the call said only, "Oh, yes — just hold on, ma’am" and transferred the call.

    Nurse?s Death Stirs Sharp Criticism of Royal Prank Call - NYTimes.com

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    Re: Radio DJ Prank leads to Suicide

    The DJ's have drawn criticism from Aussie Nursing unions as well as British.

    "The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives' Association said it has written to the general manager of 2Day FM, Jeremy Simpson, even before the death, explaining the "very serious professional consequences" if it had happened to a nurse in Australia."

    BBC News - Kate hoax call: London hospital protests to radio network
    ‘This is not peace, it is an armistice for 20 years.’ (Ferdinand Foch. After the Treaty of Versailles, 1919).

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    Re: Radio DJ Prank leads to Suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Hospital nurse found dead after prank call on Catherine - CNN.com



    Really?

    Should charges be pressed here?

    What's the big deal? Is something like this "big" enough to kill yourself over?

    What responsibility do the DJ's have?


    DJ's from a completely different country by the way.
    I don't think we know the whole story and likely never will. In our modern world, we have largely forgotten the bloody and treacherous history of the 'royals'. That nurse was from India, where caste is well understood by the current generation. Also, I have to wonder if she was somehow threatened by the 'royals.' It was just a few weeks after Diana stated in public that Charles isn't fit to be king that she died in an 'accident.'

    I don't know how the courts in another country will go. But in the US suicide has yet to be held as a crime or a cause of action for a lawsuit against whomever 'pushed' the person over the edge.
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    Re: Radio DJ Prank leads to Suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by HonestJoe View Post
    I would have thought so. I gather that they misrepresented themselves to access an individual's personal medical information and proceeded to broadcast that information on the radio. If that doesn't encompass a criminal offence, it certainly should do. The jurisdictional issues could be a complication but that's really just a matter of whether the offences should be prosecuted in the UK or Australia.

    I certainly believe that if they'd done the same thing to a random member of the public rather than "a celebrity", they'd be on remand already.

    The nurse clearly made a mistake which would have had consequences to her job and career. Obviously suicide never makes sense but that doesn't stop people doing it.
    I wonder what an American nurse would do if she were convinced she had Barack Obama on the line?
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    Re: Radio DJ Prank leads to Suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    I listened to the lead-up to the prank call three days ago and forwarded it to friends because I couldn't believe anybody could fall for this or that the hospital didn't have protocols. The third person trying to bark like a dog really was very funny.

    It wasn't known then that the receptionist was away from the switchboard and that a nurse had answered the silly call and transferred it. The hospital had not sanctioned this nurse nor threatened her employment, and I think there has to be much more to this suicide. Two kids left motherless and a husband left heartbroken just before Christmas simply because of embarrassment at transferring the call to a floor nurse?

    I don't like prank calls either but also feel sorry for the DJs, who were amazed that their terrible accents worked.

    Sad story, but I can't blame the DJs for this woman's suicide.
    The nurse was not a brit. That is likely why the accents worked. And the monarchy has far more power than most people want to believe. I don't think anyone convinced they had the queen on the line would feel free to refuse the call.
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