JFL Calls ‘WhatsApp’ Fight Video a Hoax

A video circulating on the “WhatsApp” application purporting to show a fight taking place in a room at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, does not show the St. Croix facility but a hospital in Georgia, JFL personnel announced Sunday.

On or around Dec. 10, a WhatsApp video of a fight occurring in a hospital room began to circulate. This video was captioned, “That is St. Croix hospital.”

“The good news is that the caption for the video is false,” JFL announced in a news release issued Sunday. “This fight did not occur at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center. The incident occurred at Atlanta’s Piedmont Hospital.”

WhatsApp is a freeware, cross-platform messaging and voice service owned by Facebook. Among other things, it allows users to share images, documents and videos.

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In its news release JFL said the safety of its patients and caregivers is paramount.

“It is unfortunate that this falsely captioned WhatsApp video gives the impression that this is not the case,” the news release said.

The release noted that JFL has made strides in developing its security team, including the November graduation of Officers Dequan Bondieumaitre and Claudelle Abraham, the first hospital-based peace officers in the territory.

“The JFL Police and Security Department provides protective services 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the JFL campus. The Police and Security Department plays a pivotal role in maintaining a safe workplace for employees and care environment for patients by managing and deescalating aggressive behavior and conflict,” according to the statement.

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