Sigh.. It’s so sad reading about the London nurse Jacintha Saldanha who committed suicide in England because of prank calls made by 2 Australian DJ. The DJs pretended to be Prince Charles and the Queen to find out more about the condition of Princess Kate (who is under going treatment in that particular hospital because of her severe morning sickness). The nurse then transferred the call to the nurse in charge of Kate and gave out Kate’s medical information.
Because of this, the nurse was perhaps scolded / reprimanded? (just my guess) Whatever the reason, she must have felt really remorse about it because she committed suicide. (so sad… sob sob)
I never like prank calls. I think it’s juvenile and immature. Whenever I hear radio DJs doing prank calls / crappy calls / gotcha calls (whatever you like to call it), I switch station immediately. I don’t find it funny and I think it’s not right…Especially if it hurt / scare / anger… the recipient. Many of you might thing that it’s ok (not a big deal) since you explain later that it’s all only a hoax. But, at the moment you pull the prank, you placed someone under duress and manipulate someone’s emotion. That’s not nice at all.
In this case, someone’s life was taken. Yes – the DJs might not have literally plunge the knife to end this nurse’s life. But, they are in some way indirectly the root cause of her death. Sadly, I don’t think the DJs will be able to wipe this out from their memory and will surely continue to haunt them for the rest of their life.
I hope DJs around the world take this as a lesson and be responsible and careful with what you do / say. Please “prank responsibly” and think of the consequences. Fun is fun, but there are lines not to be crossed…
To Ms. Jacintha Saldanha’s family, my deepest condolences for your loss…