A few days ago, one of my best friends Lisa (who has lived in Melbourne, Australia for the last couple years) messaged me and asked me if I had heard about this prank call that was all over news headlines in Australia. Two Australian radio DJs (Michael Christian and Mel Greig) had called the hospital where a pregnant Kate Middleton was under observation and they pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles when speaking to the nurse. The nurses fell for it and updated them on Kate’s condition.
Here’s the tragic news: Jacintha Saldanha, the 46-year-old nurse who was tricked by the DJs, was found dead on Friday morning. The hospital had been supporting her through the difficult time following the incident, but she was found dead on Friday morning and they suspect suicide.
The parent company of the radio station has since released a statement and have asked the Radio DJs to step down from their positions. Read the statement below.
“Chief Executive Officer Rhys Holleran has spoken with the presenters, they are both deeply shocked and at this time we have agreed that they not comment about the circumstances. SCA and the hosts have decided that they will not return to their radio show until further notice out of respect for what can only be described as a tragedy.”
What do you think about this situation? It’s truly unfortunate and it is obviously impossible for the DJs to have thought that this would have been the outcome of such actions. Just the other day I wrote about those insanely scary elevator pranks where someone could totally have a heart attack from being scared so much. It’s impossible to try and prevent any and every possible negative outcome, but people should certainly consider that a negative outcome is always a definite possibility with a prank. In this case, they didn’t directly cause someones death, but