As a team we were assigned the project of creating an ethical scrapbook, along with an accompanying paper. So the purpose of this paper is to expand on the information contained within our team scrapbook. More precisely we will be answering a set of four ethical questions, which we as a group have taken the time to sit down and discuss.
Our first question and issue discussed deals with the subject "Good Samaritan". As a team we had to decide should all jurisdictions have a "Good Samaritan" law requiring an individual to help another if they are able. With the exception of our dear sweet teammates Richard, this question was a definite no brainier for our team. Without thought or time wasted debating one another, we all agree (except Richard) that yes there should be a "Good Samaritan" law. We felt that if individuals knew there was a law that allows them to help others in a time of need, perhaps more people would be willing to get involved when witnessing someone in need of help. However, our friend Richard strongly opposes a "Good Samaritan" law and feels that it would only promote vigilantism. Within our team, individually we have done numerous things that would be considered acting as a Good Samaritan. Such as helping out car accident victims, helping a mom and son being fought by a large group of boys, attempting to catch an individual who tried to break into a neighbor's house, saving people trapped in an apartment building fire, rendering first aid to victims of gunshot wounds, and helping a mom to find her lost child. As for the question, have any one of us failed to act where an individual needed help, well let's just say that we did not all agree on this question. Some of us (at times) have failed to help others out. While some of us have never failed to help someone else out when that person or persons needed help.
Our next question and issue to discuss was should vigilantism be permitted when the criminal justice system fails. Now because we have...
References: Anthony Potts (2007, September). Team Discussion. Personal story
Nechelle Holloway(2007, September). Team Discussion. Personal story
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