What are Navy Lieutenants made of?

Navy lieutenant killed herself aboard warship after senior officer called her 'sweetheart'
This story provides a whole lot of emotion and unfounded supposition with a distinct lack of answers.

A female Royal Navy Royal Navy officer killed herself after her boss called her ‘sweetheart’, an inquest heard yesterday.
Lieutenant Sara Hellawell, 26, took an overdose in her locked cabin on board HMS Edinburgh.
The ‘feisty’ marine engineer had become upset with line manager Lieutenant Commander Philip Boakes when they had a cigarette together on the deck of the Type 42 destroyer.
In a statement, Lt Cdr Boakes said: ‘We had a discussion about how some people had not showed themselves in the best light on a sun downs (a break on land) and maybe they should be cancelled.
‘Later Sara appeared to be distressed. I asked her what was the matter and she said it was her mum. I said if she wanted to go home it could be arranged, but she said “No”.
‘I said “Listen, sweetheart” which I meant to be a term of endearment, but she said it was condescending.’
Lt Hellawell stormed off the deck and was found dead at 8am on June 16 after crewmate Helen Wright forced open her locked cabin door.

According to the Daily Mail we are led to beleive that a Navy Officer killed herself because she took exception to being called 'sweetheart'.

If this is true then the selection process for the armed forces needs to be reviewed. Britain may be undertaking some misguided drive to employ more females and monorities in positions where they do not traditionally serve, but we can't let that get in the way of the fact that a person not suitable for the position should not be taken on, regardless of gender, race etc.

However I get the impression that there is a lot more to this story than told.

She may have been called sweetheart and she may have taken exception to it. This would have come up at the tribunal and I think the DM are using it to write an emotive story about institutional sexism where probably none exists.

The Government and the media just love to call all us brits racist and sexist. This may have been an opportunity not to be missed. There must be a lot more to this story and a much more serious and deeper reason why this woman comitted suicide.

I find it hard to beleive that a Navy Lieutenant would take her own life simply because someone said the word 'sweetheart'.

British people haven't come to that yet.

Have they?

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