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There was a possibility of preventing this tragedy right from its
planning stage. According to the case, it is evident that Wesbecker had
confined in Lucas, his friend in the company, regarding his intentions.
Prior to the tragedy, Wesbecker had brought a revolver to work in a
paper sack showed it to Lucas and revealed his intentions of killing
several individuals in the workplace. As required, Lucas revealed the
intentions of Wesbecker to his co-workers including the top management,
but they failed to take the threats of Wesbecker seriously. In fact, the
threats did not leave the press-room. Besides, prior to the attack,
Wesbecker demonstrated an increased disposition to reacting violently
this was indicated by the acquisition of semiautomatic weapons and his
conversations intending to blow up the plant and kill the managers. In
addition, one year prior to the shootings, Wesbecker had told his
ex-wife that he had a desire of taking a gun and go to the plant and
kill several people. This clearly indicated that there was a high
probability of Wesbecker carrying out the shootings. One of the ways
that the tragedy could have been prevented is by taking the threats
seriously this could have been done through issuing an internal memo to
all the workers in the company concerning the seriousness of the threat,
reporting the matter to the law enforcers, and by the management
increasing its security towards the entire workplace, including the main
gate. The issuance of an internal memo in the workplace could have
informed all the workers of a potential tragedy that was likely to
happen all the workers could have remained vigilant while in the
workplace. Besides, reporting the matter of a potential threat to the
law enforcers and enhancement of security by the management could have
prevented the tragedy since there could be minimal ways through which
Wesbecker could have escaped the long arm of the law and the security.
The victims in this case were the president, pressroom superintendent,
executive president, two former supervisors, and employee-relations
manager. I think these were the victims because Wesbecker had earlier
revealed to Lucas, a coworker and long friend, that he had a plan of
killing these people. Besides, it is indicated that he shot three office
employees during the shooting, which could relate to the executive
president, president and the employee-relations manager. Also, according
to the case, it is indicated that, during the shootings, Wesbecker went
to the press room and killed two employees and wounded three others.
This indicates that there was a high probability of the press
superintendent being one of the victims shot or wounded during the
tragedy. Besides, a possible victim during the tragedy could have been
Wesbecker’s foreman this is because Wesbecker had admitted to have
feelings that he might want to harm someone, and the feelings were
towards his foreman at the workplace. He admitted this during his
hospitalization earlier before the shootings. His foreman was a likely
victim because the records indicated that Wesbecker had told the
psychiatrists that he had attempted suicide severally and had thoughts
of harming others, including his foreman at the workplace.
In case Wesbecker had not killed himself, but was tried for the murder
that’s he committed instead, and I was on the jury, I would have voted
guilty of murder. I would have voted guilty for murder because although
Wesbecker has long term insanity problem, his actions can be deemed and
construed as intentional. He already had a plan of killing several
people in the workplace since he believes that they are responsible for
his condition. In fact, it is perceived that in carrying out the
shootings, Wesbecker acted knowingly. This is indicated by his
organization of the plan to kill his targets. The purchasing of arsenals
to use in carrying out the killings is a clear indication that Wesbecker
was not being influenced by his insanity to carry out the shootings as
a matter of fact, it shows that he had a plan of how to do it. Besides,
what indicates that Wesbecker carried out the shootings knowingly is his
conversation with his friend and coworker Lucas. He revealed to Lucas
that he had an intention of killing several individuals in the
workplace, and he highlighted his plan of using plan B since plan B
involved a scheme of entering the plant, when Lucas was not on duty.
Besides, records indicate that he had admitted a feeling of killing his
foreman at the workplace during his hospitalization. In addition, he
told his ex-wife that he would like to take a gun and kill several
people in the plant. This implies that he knew everything he was doing
and was not influenced by his mental condition to execute the killings.
Therefore, by sitting in the jury, I would vote guilty.
There are several people, who failed in stopping the murders executed by
Wesbecker. One of the individuals is the Wesbecker’s ex-wife because
she did not report the intention of Wesbecker of using a gun and taking
down several people at the workplace. In case she could have reported
the matter to the law enforcers, the killings could have been stopped
since they could have investigated the matter. Another person is his
doctor he did not consider Wesbecker dangerous and told him to stop
taking antidepressants due to their side effects. Wesbecker’s
psychiatrists also failed in stopping the murder because they had due
knowledge regarding the thoughts of Wesbecker of harming others
including his foreman, but did not report the matter to the authorities
or the management. Besides, the coworkers failed in stopping the
killings since when they were told of the Wesbecker’s threat, they
took the threat lightly. They could have reported the matter to the
management so as to equip the management with the appropriate measures
of curbing the threat.
From the results of the workplace excise, it is apparent that workplace
violence is exceedingly difficult to predict. From the case of
Wesbecker, no one could have predicted that the situation could turn out
as it did because almost everyone took the Wesbecker’s threat lightly.
In case the co-workers took the threat with seriousness, they could have
helped in mitigating the likelihood of the incident happening. Besides,
from the workplace violence, it is apparent that the management did not
have an enhanced security system that could have curbed the situation
right away. This gives the management of other plants the need to have
adequate security systems, which are possible of protecting the workers
in case of any violence.
References
Kuzmits, F.E. (1990). When Employees Kill Other Employees: The Case of
Joseph T. Wesbecker. Journal of Occupational Medicine.
Kuzmits, F.E. (1990). When Employees Kill Other Employees: The Case of
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Kuzmits, F.E. (1990). When Employees Kill Other Employees: The Case of
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Kuzmits, F.E. (1990). When Employees Kill Other Employees: The Case of
Joseph T. Wesbecker. Journal of Occupational Medicine. Pp. 4.
Kuzmits, F.E. (1990). When Employees Kill Other Employees: The Case of
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