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New York Times: “Virginia Journalists Shot by “Disgruntled Former Employee”

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By Stephen M. Raffle, M.D.

Fitness for Duty or Threat Assessment / Risk of Violence? When the workplace turns hostile“>
This morning in Virginia a man shot two reporters. He is described as a “disgruntled employee.” Does that mean his employer did not, but could have, prevented this tragedy?

August 26, 2015:
By HAWES SPENCER, KATIE ROGERS, ALAN BLINDER and RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA

“A man described as a disgruntled former employee of a Virginia television station shot and killed two of the station’s journalists Wednesday morning, recording the act on video himself as the journalists were broadcasting live and then posting the video online…Both the police and the station, WDBJ identified the gunman as Bryce Williams, who had been a reporter at the station, and whose real name is Vester Lee Flanagan…Mr. Williams was a multimedia journalist at WDBJ, but left the station in February 2013…”Mr. Williams’…said, “I filmed the shooting see Facebook,” and mentioned grievances against the two journalists.” What is a hostile workplace, in this case the journalists at work?

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