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Parents say they learned of
daughter’s death on Facebook

Yahoo! News, by Dylan Stableford

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Posted By:bifgroovey, 11/28/2012 12:22:52 PM

The parents of a college freshman who was found dead on campus say they found out about her death on Facebook. Jasmine Benjamin, a 17-year-old nursing student at Valdosta State University from Lawrenceville, Ga., was found dead in a study area in her dorm on Nov. 18. According to CBS Atlanta, police are treating the death as a homicide, pending the results of an autopsy. Jasmine's parents say the school did not inform them of her death, learning about it instead through a friend's Facebook post. "For someone to be so insensitive not to reach out to the family,
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Social media does not have "name not disclosed - waiting to contact relatives" rule...


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NYBruin, 11/28/2012 12:33:05 PM     (No. 9037683)

How many trial lawyers do you suppose have called them already??

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Reply 2 - Posted by: civilservant, 11/28/2012 12:36:19 PM     (No. 9037692)

Please, your check cleared. The Government school does not care about you or your daughter, only increasing the pay of the professors and teaching the destruction of America.

My condolences to the family.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bifgroovey, 11/28/2012 12:42:21 PM     (No. 9037700)

12 hours on a studyroom couch? It appears the study room is not used that much.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Illinois Mom, 11/28/2012 1:12:22 PM     (No. 9037752)

Condolences to these poor parents. It´s the worst thing that can happen to a family.

I always had a bit of worry on my mind while the kids were in college. I trusted my kids to use their heads but there are so many other people around to intervene.

I learned my SIL was in the emergency room on Facebook when my daughter posted it.

Luckily he was okay, but I read her the riot act about using FB instead of a telephone. Do what you want to do AFTER the people who care about you are notified.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: iamfree, 11/28/2012 1:13:06 PM     (No. 9037754)

My heart really hurts for these parents, but they have apparently had no experience observing college kids. They sleep anywhere and everywhere, but for all anyone who saw her there may have thought, she could have gotten up at some point, then come and laid back down. The reality is that social media is instant communication, whereas the school and sheriff´s department had to take certain steps before notifying them. She was found at noon, and they were notified that afternoon. That is simply not unreasonable. Still, I am so sorry for them.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: killerbee, 11/28/2012 1:21:06 PM     (No. 9037763)

How awful for them. But, yes, I can´t blame the college for not being able to reach them as quickly as FB or Twitter.

Prayers for them and I hope they find the answers as to why/how their daughter died.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/28/2012 1:34:52 PM     (No. 9037793)

Re #3, two parts to that 12 hour information.

She was found on the study room couch where she appeared to be sleeping.

She was believed to have been dead for 12 hours.

But...her death is believed to be a homicide because it appeared that she had been moved to the couch from somewhere else at some time after her death.


The notification is something else. But there is no support for her being on that couch for 12 hours.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: navybrat, 11/28/2012 2:38:32 PM     (No. 9037876)

The parents have hired a lawyer and private detectives.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pensom2, 11/28/2012 4:07:01 PM     (No. 9038054)

The way this story is written, the family seems more concerned about how they found out than about the death itself.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 11/28/2012 4:19:06 PM     (No. 9038079)


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