If your daughter heads off to college, you’re already a nervous wreck. You worry that something could go wrong or that your child could be harmed or even killed. What’s worse is when the university that you trusted to protect your child doesn’t do their job. The family of Valdosta State University freshman Jasmine Benjamin is wondering what in the heck happened after her parents found out about their daughter’s untimely death on Facebook.
The school allegedly didn’t notify the girl’s parents about the incident, which occurred on November 18. The girl was found dead in her dorm and her mother, Judith Jackson, says that they still don’t know what happened.
The girl was found dead in the common study area, and there were no signs of trauma. Police believed that she died from natural causes at first, but are now investigating the case as a homicide. They say that the girl may have been dead for as many as 15 hours and her relatives say that her body was possibly moved.
Valdosta State says that the standard procedure is to contact police in the student’s hometown when incidents like this one take place. The family was notified by police shortly afterward, but by then, they already knew.
James Jackson, the young woman’s father said: ‘For someone to be so insensitive not to reach out to the family, or not even to keep up with what’s going on because it’s a holiday and you’re going away on vacation or whatever you’re doing – it’s very, very hurtful to say the least. ‘To find out it was a homicide and that somebody actually murdered our daughter changed everything,’ Jackson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ‘It was like hearing the news all over again.’