Today, medical doctor in family practice Henry Bello injured six and murdered one at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. When cornered by the police, he killed himself.
Two years ago that medical facility had fired him. Was that the stressor which turned him from a seemingly troubled professional to one of those monsters pursued on "Criminal Minds?"
And what should employers be re-thinking about their termination policies? Carnage by former employees who had been axed is becoming too frequent in the media headlines.
Bello had shown signs of mental instability even before whatever precipitated his firing. In 2004 and 2009 there had been arrests. Details are sketchy but sexual misconduct seems to have been involved.
Those arrests are big red flags. Why would a highly credentialed professional with so much to lose allegedly give in to such a lack of impulse control? A lot invested in a career is often what keeps human beings on the straight and narrow.
If the hospital had been aware of that record, what could its human resources, security and legal departments have done differently in the termination process to prevent today's tragedy?
Even for more emotionally centered professionals, the loss of a job can trigger a downward trajectory. They may never be able to put together The Next.
In response, their mindset could come to mirror that of the king in Shakespeare's drama "King Lear." They perceive themselves as more sinned against than sinning. Attacking whatever seems to them to make sense.
May the loved ones of the unemployed reach out to them during this long long weekend. Unfortunately, they have too much time to think about the past and perhaps too little hope about the future.
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