Another case of workplace violence - shooting

  1. http://www.msnbc.com/news/936155.asp

    I don't understand what motivates people to do this. Thoughts?

    I can see offing myself sooner than taking out all those people.
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    Hatred raises its ugly head... once again.
  4. by   Berta
    Its one thing to take your own life, but blatant (SP) disregard for others in inexcusable. Berta
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    Have any of you been threatened at work?
    By family?
    Staff?
    What should we do if OSHA and management minimizes threats and escalating violence?
  6. by   CseMgr1
    I think it's just a symptom of the stress everyone is under these days. The MORE you work, the MORE they want, and just "doing your best you can" isn't good enough, anymore. Employers have a way of making the people who make their money for them feel useless, defeated and helpless...and it is this helplessness that breeds enough anger, to have made this person do what he did.

    Like most of you out there, I'm not happy with my job, either. Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse...they did. We were given another directive this morning by the Powers That May Be that we have to start putting in 10-hour days, 7 days a week, until the work is caught up (and it will NEVER get caught up, as long as they insist on having only two nurses to do the work of six). It's an exercise in futility, and it makes me madder than HELL that they are USING us like this!

    Didn't mean to vent...just trying to prove a point that while I would NEVER consider taking another person's life because I am angry with my work(or at someone else), there are lot of people out there, like this person was, who are at or near the breaking point..because they feel like no one is listening...and have run out of other options:angryfire
  7. by   Caveman
    We share the world with some really twisted people.
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    http://apnews.excite.com/article/200...D7S5NCC00.html

    Apparently this action wasn't a shock to the gunman's co-workers. That makes it all the more sad.
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    What would OSHA do if the threats had been reported?
  10. by   Nurse Ratched
    No doubt the company will be sued stating they should have known he was dangerous. And maybe they should have. His personnel record would no doubt make interesting reading.

    Had they fired him for the things alleged in the article, would the outcome have been any different? Or would the headline simply have read, "Disgruntled *former* employee?"

    I would be very surprised if a company the size of Lockheed didn't have a psychologist in their employ trained to deal with this sort of employee.
  11. by   eltrip
    I used to be married to someone quite like him. It makes me grateful that the doors to our office our locked & we have more than one way to get in/out of it as well.

    OSHA couldn't have done a thing. Even if there'd been a restraining order, I doubt that it would've kept him away. The only thing that might have prevented this might have been a security guard at the gate who'd been made aware of the dismissal of this guy as well as his racist views (IMHO)
  12. by   Nurse Ratched
    http://management.about.com/cs/gener...kplaceviol.htm

    Got this in my email today - some good stuff re: workplace violence and prevention.

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