Today I received a breaking news update on my phone that made me audibly gasp: “Nurse duped by prank phone call about Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has committed suicide, hospital says,” CNN texted.
And then I gasped. Like, seriously lost my breath.
In case you haven’t heard about it, two Australian DJs obtained the direct line to Kate Middleton’s room while she was recently hospitalized for dehydration with her pregnancy. The radio hosts called the room pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles and the nurse spilled the beans about everything that was asked, none the wiser to the hoax.
As the news hit globally, it made a mockery of the nurse, as well as many questioning her professional ethics for releasing information so readily without verification.
It was reported that this morning Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at King Edward VII Hospital, committed suicide after the prank.
The DJs apologized the next day and were suspended, as well as had their Twitter accounted deleted. However, that seems like little repayment for taking part in something that resulted in a death. In my opinion, the radio hosts–at the very least–should be fired, and maybe even charged with a crime.
What do you think? Are the DJs at fault? Should they be charged with something?