Maybe I just don’t understand. Why would this ever seem like a good idea to someone?
Three paramedics at Newark’s University Hospital were fired this week after grainy images taken by a cellphone camera surfaced showing two student interns garbed in white sheets to look like robes of the Ku Klux Klan.
In one of the photographs released by the university, the trainees – both students from Northeastern University in Boston – stand with white sheets draped over their heads; one carrying a wooden cross held together with surgical gauze and tape. An EMS paramedic in a University Hospital uniform can be seen adjusting the sheet of the other.
It’s amazing what technology exposes to the public now, which in the past would have gone completely undetected. The President of UMDNJ William F. Owen was not pleased:
“You can’t make this stuff up. It’s like being in Tennessee in the 1950s,” said Owen, a Memphis native.
Owen was not alone in his condemnation of the situation. Newark Mayor Cory Booker weighed in, as they use UMDNJ for emergency services:
“The City of Newark will not tolerate such behavior by medical professionals, and we are glad that UMDNJ has moved to terminate these individuals,” he said in a statement.
Just a pathetic situation.