Nothing funny about prank call fall-out
Last updated at 16:54, Tuesday, 11 December 2012
BAD humour has a habit of going terribly wrong. Pranks and practical jokes rely on causing their victims pain.
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There is now no place in todays society for thes eso called pranks.We now live in the world of the blame culture.Some of you may say there was no harm intended.Well sadly there is harm due to people not thinking "what if".Breaches of security in all walks of life may seem a jolly good jape.But what happens to the guy or gal who has been tricked or caught out through no fault of their own.I will tell you loss of job,loss of pension,loss of home and then to cap it all marrage break up I know I've seen it.I really hope there is some sort of criminal charges that can be brought against this pair of cretins the least not being manslughter.
In hindsight it was a terrible mistake that they're going to have to live with for the rest of their lives but I do have sympathy with them...for reasons for taking your own life this must be up there with the most pointless of reasons and she must've been in a fragile state to begin with... are they to blame for her death? it's a tough one to answer, did they kill her? NO would she still be alive if the prank never happened? POSSIBLY... What I would like to know regardless of "their support of the family" is what was the hospitals role in all this cos I'm sure they never just said "Oh it's ok don't worry about it" I have family members who work within the NHS and even FGH (who the mail slaughter at every oppertunity) have strict protocol when asking for information on family members or friends... you need a passcode that's agreed with the patient and family so surely the Royal family would have a similar protocol
In hindsight this action was clearly wrong - but I accept that nobody could have predicted the consequences. However the action that really should be questioned and should be illegal (perhaps it already is?) is broadcasting the call without the participants permission. Had the radio station sought permission and not played the clip until all parties agreed, then the hospital and Jacintha could have refused to give permission and avoided some of terrible feelings of guilt and embarassment. Slipping on a banana skin is bad enough, but knowing that the whole world are being entertained by your slip multiplies the pain so much more. Refusal to broadcast any immature and unethical silliness would reduce the potency of any prank and soon render this sort of action a waste of time. Giving those involved a chance to say no on this occasion may have been enough to save a life.