Dr. Scott Schnee, a pediatric cardiologist in Phoenix, Arizona, apologized on Wednesday for mocking Denver Post reporter Adrian Dater, who lost a friend in the movie theater mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado (video below).
According to Channel 9 News, Dr. Schnee, of Banner Health Care, was responding to something Dater had written in his column about the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team.
Schnee tweeted under his Twitter name Baby Doc Scott: “Go catch a movie in Aurora. Join Jessica for all I care.”
“Jessica” refers to Jessica Ghawi, a journalist and friend of Dater’s who died in the movie theater shooting on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado.
Jessica Ghawi’s mother later tweeted at Dr. Schnee: “Does he know Jessie had a heart condition? Doctor, I would suggest you heal yours.”
Banner Health has issued a statement that it supports Schnee’s apology, which it reprinted:
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Last night I tweeted unconscionable statements to you for which I owe an apology not only to you but to anyone who has read these tweets via subsequent news coverage or in numerous social media channels. I am especially sorry to those whose loved ones or friends were victims in the horrible massacre in the Aurora theater. I can offer no excuse. I can only express my sincerest and heart-felt apologies for my poor judgment that has offended so many.
Source: Channel 9 News