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Robin Williams proof society still has knee-jerk reaction to suicide

Written by: Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency
Aug. 13, 2014

Robin Williams as Mork in Mork and Mindy.


I’m not going to pile on to the giant heap of criticism that’s being hurled at Hamilton Police Services Sgt. Jay Turner for his unfortunate tweet about Robin Williams’ suicide.

“Dear Robin Williams, I truly wish you could have chosen to set a better example for those suffering with mental challenges. Jay,” Turner tweeted when news of Williams’ death broke.

A Twitter frenzy ensued, slamming the cop for his insensitivity.

The tweet was under the Hamilton Police Service badge, with the handle @HPSActionteam4.

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It was quickly taken down — replaced with a flurry of apologies.

“Offence was never my intention. Those who know me, know that is not me. There’s nothing more I can say. Once again, I am sorry,” the officer tweeted.

Fair enough, we all say and do dumb things in the heat of the moment.

But I sighed and wondered just how far we’ve come when it comes to educating people about mental illness.

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