Another Twitter storm surrounding Fresno State professor Randa Jarrar, after she shared a phone number in a tweet. The number, not even hers.
“I’m kind of scratching my head, trying to figure, why would she do that,” Criminal Defense Attorney David Mugridge said.
“I mean, really, what’s going on here, we’re here to help those people in crisis and in need,” Kings View Behavioral Health Telepsychiatry Executive Director Beverly Raine said.
The number belongs to Arizona State University’s student crisis line, dealing with any of a number of mental health problems. The school saying in part, “Tuesday evening, ASU’s Dedicated Crisis line, which is a mental health hotline dedicated to students, began receiving a large number of phone calls criticizing the Twitter statements of a faculty member at another university,” the statement read. “The calls have continued all day Wednesday.”
Calls attorneys say, could have ramifications.
“To any family, that’s, that is, hurt, whose child is hurt because they can’t get through to the crisis hotline,” Mugridge said. “When you’re, the free expression of your ideas interferes with my nose and my freedom to be free from your interference, then you got a problem.”
For Raine at Kings View Behavioral Health, which operates its own 24-hour suicide hotline in the valley, she says tying up lines would be catastrophic.
“Potentially, you could be putting people’s safety in danger,” Raine said. “Somebody who needs to call and get that help, has to know that they can get through without someone blocking that line, wasting precious resources and time, and this is a very serious issue.”
ASU says they don’t believe anyone who needed to get through was unable to. They are encouraging students to still call and use the hotline.
It’s also unclear why Jarrar picked that number; whether it was a mistake or on purpose.
Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe.