About a week ago, Valdosta State University freshman, Jasmine Benjamin, 17, was found dead in one of the university’s study rooms 15 hours after her death had actually occurred. Losing a child at any time is obviously difficult, but what made a terrible situation so much worse was how Jasmine’s parents learned of her death. According to Global Grind, Judith and James Jackson, parents of the deceased, were never informed by their daughter’s university that she had passed away. Instead, they read about it on Facebook.
“That’s the most disturbing part of it,” Jasmine’s step-father, James, shared with CBS Atlanta. ”Aren’t there RAs? What kind of school is this that they don’t know someone’s laying on the couch – to go check on them after a certain amount of hours?”
Even more disheartening is that when the Jacksons were able to speak with authorities they were initially told that the aspiring nurse had died of natural causes, only to be later notified by police that her death was being investigated as a homicide due to evidence that was revealed during the medical examiner’s autopsy.