Due to the fact that a lot of posters can't be bothered to gather specific facts about the case, I thought I'd bring some to the thread.
Jacintha Saldanha, 46, Indian, lived with husband and two children, 17 and 14, in Bristol. Stayed at nurse's accommodation near central London, in
Weymouth St. close to the hospital during work hours, went home at weekend.
She was not a receptionist, she was a duty nurse, and took the telephone call from the radio station because there were no receptionists working at
the time of the call, 05-30am. Believing she was talking to the actual Queen of England, she passed the call through to Kate Middleton's nurse, whom
then gave a few general details about Kate's condition...Kate was asleep at the time.
No one knows for sure what transpired between the timings of when the radio show triumphantly declared their prank, and the discovery of the nurse's
body at her nurse's accommodation.
Statements from the royal household and from the hospital state she was not reprimanded in any way. There are statements that say Jacintha felt very
foolish and very lonely because of the jest pulled on her. Meanwhile thousands of miles away, 2 DJs were punching the air with "YES!" and laughter,
unaware and ignorant of what their purile actions had set in motion.
Everybody knows that neither the 2 DJs nor the radio station wanted such a tragedy, but nevertheless, it cannot be ignored, nor should it, that their
buffoonish antics played a part in what transpired. They aided in making a dedicated nurse feel utterly foolish and a failure in herself, so much so
that she looks to have taken her life because of it.
It is irrelevant whether or not she had issues prior to the prank call, everybody is different, everybody perceives things in different ways. No one,
and I mean, no one, takes ridicule well, it attacks and eats at the heart of us all, which is why we should be mindful of our actions, words and
thoughts, and how they impact upon others. If you can't do that, if you haven't the conscience or the empathy to feel another's pain, then you are no
better than the 2 DJs...you are as ignorant as they are. To you, someone else's ridicule or misfortune is to be laughed at and made merry of, just so
you can feel oh so good about yourself, and are able to make yourself out to be so clever and better than others. It is the most selfish and
pernicious perception of all!
This tragedy is now compounded by instant karma. Those 2 DJs will now carry the mark of this woman's suicide for as long as they live...they will come
to understand that they helped her to her actions. Not in the knowledge of them, but in ignorance. Ridicule is a part of bullying. Those 2 DJs didn't
even think about the professional consequences that could befall whomever took the call. They weren't interested, they wanted a laugh, consequences
were trivial to them. If she'd have got sacked or severely reprimanded, it would have been her fault, not the DJs, they couldn't possibly be made to
shoulder any blame...that is the thinking behind their radio show. Whose pants could they pull down in public...as long as it is not their's, of
edit on 8/12/12 by elysiumfire because: added extra thought