The Smoking Gun today published a statement from a Transportation Security Administration screener who allegedly beat a co-worker with a baton for mocking the size of his genitalia. According to alleged assaulter Rolando Negrin’s statement to Miami police, several co-workers teased him day after day as a “little angry man” after a full-body scanner digitally exposed him, and he snapped. He said the relentless mockery became a form of “psychological torture.”
There’s so much about this case that is messed up. Using physical violence to resolve a workplace dispute is, of course, never justified. But if this is actually what happened, this also represents a gross failure of TSA management at Miami International Airport. Being taunted daily about the size of one’s penis is a pretty clear-cut case of sexual harassment, and nobody should have to endure that. It’s a manager’s responsibility to snuff out that kind of middle school behavior precisely so it doesn’t escalate into a parking lot brawl.
H/t Drudge Report