Thursday, September 17, 2009

Workplace Violence

Raymond Clark finally behind bars.

I just can't buy into the notion that Clark wasn't carrying some kind of torch for Annie Le.

Workplace violence out of nowhere, from somebody who never any history of it before and the next thing you know he's putting the coworker he killed behind a wall and his clothes in ceiling panels because the rat cage wasn't cleaned to his satisfaction?

Mr. Clark's supervisor reported that nothing in the technician's five-year work history at Yale had signaled that he was capable of violence, Yale President Richard Levin said in a statement.

"This incident could have happened in any city, in any university, or in any workplace," Mr. Levin said. "It says more about the dark side of the human soul than it does about the extent of security measures." He added that the university will be taking suggestions on how it might improve campus security.

This could happen anywhere?

I don't think so.

He's may not be telling the story, but his eyes reveal a haunted soul. Much more than painful than an explosive reaction to a conversation about his idea of lackluster performance.

The AP story says Clark considered the mice cages his fiefdom.


On the commuter rail on the way home this evening a dirty and strange dude sat down and tried to engage several people around us into social banter that started normal but then proceeded into bizarre and inappropriate. I watched people around us just sink into their reading material and completely ignore the man who talked non-stop. Nobody would look up from their book or in his direction. People were somewhat intimidated and at the same time trying not to set him off.

I do think people are on edge but I don't think we have to be on our guard with griping colleagues with no history of mental instability.

I don't know, maybe it's me.

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