Do the Aussie DJs have blood on their hands?

Jacintha Saldanha took her life after being the victim of a radio prank. She was the nurse that put the prank call through to Kate’s nurse. The offending DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian have been taken off the air and many are blaming them for the death of Saldanha, but is this fair? Was it reasonable for them to think that this prank could lead to death? They are now both getting death threats from all over the world. Can they be blamed for this tragedy? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.

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  • Bill  On December 8, 2012 at 2:13 am

    This is an egregious example of media hypocrisy. Almost nightly TV newscasters attempt to amuse their viewers with final stories of the night reporting on pranks such as the one perpetrated by these dj’s. Unfortunately, the response that the nurse who took the call had to this incident was totally irrational and is likely related to other emotional issues. Those dj’s should not be held responsible for her reaction. Yet, many of those same TV newscasters and many others who would ordinarily have found the prank humorous are now calling for their heads.

    People should be held accountable for their actions and the damages they cause. But they should not be held accountable for the reactions of others and the damages they cause to themselves.

  • elogam  On December 10, 2012 at 3:52 am

    We need to apply the “reasonable person” standard here. Would a “reasonable person” have reacted the way this person did? I say they would not. There was no way to predict this would have happened the way it did. It’s sad, it’s unfortunate, but the cry for civil and criminal charges is unfounded.

  • David Miller  On December 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    This is like the Jenny Jones case. When we inflict personal injury to another persons perceptions of themselves we can never be absolutely sure how it will be received by the victim. Yet, there is an underlying unspoken law that says “if you are the victim of a prank you cant show how much it hurts. If you cant hide your humiliation you are undoubtedly even more a fool. A looser!”. Well folks, we don’t receive training on the best way to play it off. Some people even benefit from this type of thing by suing the paints off of pranksters. However, even the most humiliating infliction from a prankster rarely ever gets beyond the yelling stage of events, or a physical fight against the instigators. Even school children who are constantly pranked, bullied, and humiliated by their peers generally have a more rational reaction than this adult did. Sure, schools get shot up, suicides do occur, but that is “Extremely” rare compared to the ratio of the thousands of children who get bullied every hour of every day. Therefore, something is wrong here. Some major information is obviously missing from this situation. This nurse wasnt even on video. She of course would have eventually been found, but the pranksters are the ones who would have the explaining to do. She was lied to. Before anymore contemplation as to the owner of the blame we need some background information. Had she attempted suicide before? Does she have a history of uncontrolled reactions to unhappy events in the past? Is she a mother or wife whos going through major life changing events with decisions that remain out of her control? Does extreme depression run in her family? Do her coworkers recall her mental state prior to the event in a questionable way or at least unusual? I would almost stake my reputation on there being a question over her emotional well being in the recent past. All of theses things aside, what the DJ’s did wasnt directed at her in any way. They werent looking to make her personally look bad. This prank had no owners tag on it. The proverbial “Collect Call” wasnt going to be charged to her phone bill. Most people do pranks at sometime in their lives, and all have recieved them, but we expect to be dealing with rational minded people who are in control of their mental faculties. In this case I believe the unusual response of the nurse showed a serious lack of sanity. If the DJs arent responsible for her insanity in the first place,and arent the root cause of her depression, and she displayed certain irrational behaviors in the past, than there is no way they can take the blame for her actions. The prank may have been the straw that broke the camels back, but its obvious someone or something had overloaded the hump before they placed it there. You cant compile a lifetime of sorrows into a single straw. She knew what she was doing. We need to know more about her life before we can know why she did it. I seriously doubt we are going to find she had a mentally viable personality before she took her life.

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