Stirling Council has condemned university researchers who sent questionnaires to Dunblane residents asking them to ...
Stirling Council has condemned university researchers who sent questionnaires to Dunblane residents asking them to describe how they felt after the massacre, the Daily Mail reports (p26).
At least one copy of the questionnaire, sent by researchers from Wolverhampton and Birmingham universities to 500 names selected at random from the phone book, went to a family directly affected by the massacre.
Helen Munro, speaking for the council, said: 'I will be writing to the university protesting in the strongest possible terms as to how this survey could be sent at random with seemingly no regard to the distress it might cause'.
A member of Wolverhampton's psychology department organised the questionnaire, to assess how the tragedy was handled and use the lessons learned to help cope with similar incidents in future. But the exercise has now been abandoned.