Who is at Fault in Suicide of Nurse Pranked in U.K.?

Should the Australian DJs who executed the prank on the hospital staff be held responsible or is it just a tragic response that nobody could have anticipated?

A prank in the U.K. involving Kate Middleton, the pregnant wife of Prince William, took a tragic turn when one of the nurses who was hoaxed died on Friday. According to reports, it is believed she took her own life.

The prank occurred earlier in the week when two Australian DJs phoned the hospital pretending to be the queen and asking about Middleton's condition. Two of the nurses are believed to have fallen for the prank, one who passed the caller through to the nurses station and a second nurse who gave out personal information over the Australian airwaves. It was the nurse who passed the caller on who is now dead.

According to TMZ, the two Australian DJs have removed themselves from the airwaves, and the company that owns the station has reportedly said that the two DJs are "deeply saddened by the tragic news."

Twitter feeds blew up with a barrage of criticism of the DJs for the prank and blame for the death of the nurse. She left behind a husband and two children. 

What do you think? Should the DJs be fired? Does the family of the nurse who died have the right to sue them for damages? Or should they not be held responsible for something someone else does in response to a prank?

ros December 11, 2012 at 03:33 PM
it is no ones fault, leave the radio DJ's alone.
sandra finch December 13, 2012 at 07:10 PM
No I do not think the DJ's should be fired, Someone else at station okayed it first and I blame the media for making a big deal out of the prank an causing the emotional distress that I believe caused the death of this nurse


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