In the wake of the tragedy of the nurse who seemingly committed suicide after a hoax call from two Australian Radio DJs, it appears as though some people are viscerally condemning them for killing an innocent woman.
The DJs aren’t responsible for the nurse’s death. I think we’d all agree that the stunt was risky and had the potential to cause upset and distress – which it did. However, despite this I’m sure most of you will agree that we can’t stop before we play any prank, stunt or joke and think to ourselves ‘Hold on a second, I don’t think we should do this because the person might kill themselves’. That’s just not reasonable. The DJs are clearly devastated at what has happened and would never have been able to predict such a tragic series of events.
So to all those people sending death threats to the DJs on Twitter before they closed their accounts, what you are doing is far worse, and if the DJs were to subsequently kill themselves would you accept responsibility for killing them through causing upset and distress? I doubt it.
Unless a suicide note is found explicitly stating that the nurse took her own life as a direct result of the prank call, we cannot accurately state that it was the reason for her suicide. We don’t know what other issues might have been going on in her life. In my opinion, the DJs are not in any way to blame for the death of the nurse: it is simply an unfortunate and unforseeable tragedy.