A screenshot of video shows a military hospital staffer mistreating an infant. The staffers have been banned from providing patient care. (Image source: Action News Jax screenshot)
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Two staff members at a Florida military hospital have been suspended for flipping off babies and referring to them as "mini Satans."
Images and video of the misconduct surfaced on an employee's Snapchat account, showing one staffer holding a baby and making it dance to rap music, and a staffer (unclear whether it was the same person) giving a middle finger to a baby.
The staffers have been banned from providing patient care, but have not lost their jobs, the Washington Post reported.
The hospital's statement
"Naval Hospital Jacksonville's Commanding Officer sends: We are aware of a video / photos posted online. It's outrageous, unacceptable, incredibly unprofessional, and cannot be tolerated. We have identified those involved — two junior enlisted corpsmen (not nurses). They have been removed from providing patient care and they will be handled by the legal system and military justice. We've notified the patient's parents."
This writer's perspective
I don't know who these people are, or what their backgrounds are. But I don't need that information to know that neither of these staffers should ever be allowed to work in a hospital again.
I can't fathom the sort of twisted mind it requires to see a baby and feel like giving it a middle finger is a good or funny thing to do. It's even further beyond me to comprehend why that person would think the action should be broadcast on social media. I suppose the laws of natural selection dictate that stupid people weed themselves out one way or another.
The parents of these babies, and any other babies at that hospital, must be appalled, and I wouldn't be surprised if the staffers or the hospital faced some sort of legal action as a result of this incident. If it was my child being mistreated, I wouldn't rest until everyone responsible had paid for their deeds with their jobs.
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