A tragic lesson: Practical jokes can take on a new meaning in the Internet age

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  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    We incrementally move the standards of good taste, consideration and reason until we are so far away that can't recognize this "prank" as malicious commercialism. Blaming the nurse's colleagues is shifting the responsibility. Without the phone call it never would have happened.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2012 5:02 p.m.

    "this call had NOTHING to do with the suicide. The real cause of her suicide was the torment and bullying of this nurse by her workmates"
    None of that would have happened had it not been for the unauthorized broadcast of the call. Yes, unauthorized because the jokers didn't obtain the nurse's permission to air the recorded telephone conversation. The jokers are facing jail time for that, not the suicide. Maybe there is a reason such laws are in place.

  • grandma12 Henderson, NV
    Dec. 13, 2012 12:31 a.m.

    The practical joke pulled on the hospital nurses was not enough to cause a woman to take her own life. This practical joke was totally not enough to cause a suicide. It was originally reported that the nurse was not even the Duchess' nurse, but only rerouted the call. And when is the private life of someone of HIGH SOCIETY so meaningful? I think that the police should look elsewhere for the cause of Jacinta's death. Murder? Or was she under extreme duress about something else and then she felt embarrassed about this? Yes, I think that Duchess Kate should have her life kept private, but not at the expense of the nurse's extreme humiliation. Something else is going on here.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 6:25 p.m.

    Anyone who has listen to the call knows this call had NOTHING to do with the suicide.

    Any reasonable person could tell that.

    The real cause of her suicide was the torment and bullying of this nurse by her workmates.

    What is tragic is how much this harmless call has has affected the the DJs, the radio station, and statutory law.

    Really enough is enough.

    What has happened was not the DJs fault. and the DJS are being made the scape goats.

    Listen to the call, it is obvious to any reasonable person how harmless and benign this call was.

    NO six seconds of taking a call and passing it on could in any way cause a suicide.

  • stuff Provo, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    The British culture should be to blame for this one. Practical jokes will happen, even cruel jokes and taking advantage of others. But, for the recipient of such behavior to take his or her own life reflects more on the societal expectations than on the joke itself. The British crown should come out and express horror that someone would take their own life over divulging semi-private, even harmless, information about anyone in British society and set an expectation that life and love are more important than exacting justice from an unaware victim of a prank.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Dec. 12, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    It's easy for jokes to go too far, but the one in question has generated a lot of misplaced hand-wringing and finger pointing. The joke these DJ's played, whether anyone finds it funny or not, did not reveal malicious intentions. No reasonable person could've envisioned that anyone would be seriously harmed by it, let alone kill themselves.

    Unfortunately, whenever there's a tragedy, everyone has to find someone to blame. I don't know what that nurse's life was like, but the decision to end her life is hers alone. Her blood is not on the DJs' hands.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    When is a practical joke not a joke? When the lie is not revealed before the damage is done. And may never be revealed.

    It’s really hard to imagine that there is much in our lives that resembles the practical joke that is not a joke. Politics, religion, business advertising, etc. etc. etc.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Dec. 12, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    I love practical jokes. I have played some good ones. But I always told my children that the first rule of a practical joke is to know when to pull out. The person may have had a bad day, they aren't wearing the Hawaiian hula skirt tie this week, etc. and then you have to pull out.

    But a lot of people aren't think about that and that is the danger of practical jokes.