(Neb)-Larios Lawsuit Picked Up By Media Around The World
CHADRON - News of the lawsuit filed against Chadron State College and the Nebraska State College System Board of Trustees by the parents of a CSC softball player who hanged herself in a dorm room in January 2015 over emotional and physical abuse by her boyfriend has been picked up by news media around the world, including CNN.
The federal lawsuit filed in Omaha by the parents of 19-year old Fatima Larios charges the school with failing to protect her from dating violence and failing to take the steps required by the federal Title IX law in such cases. California residents Nelson Larios and Lissette Roohbakhsh are asking for monetary damages to be established by a trial jury.
Fatima Larios, a multi-sport high school standout in California, originally went to Division 1 Austin Peay, but transferred to Chadron State in the summer of 2014 when her boyfriend, described by her parents as her "high school sweetheart" came to CSC to play football.
While neither the college or board of trustees has filed a response to the lawsuit, Chadron State Director of College Relations Alex Helmbrecht released a statement from the school expressing sorrow over the death but not commenting on the lawsuit.
"The loss of Fatima Larios in 2015 was a tragedy for her family, her friends and teammates, and for Chadron State College. The College shares her family's grief and mourns Fatima's passing.
Chadron State College is aware of a lawsuit Fatima's parents recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the State of Nebraska concerning her death. CSC is confident in its personnel and its policies, so it will remain focused on educating its students while it vigorously defends itself.
Chadron State College certainly understands and appreciates litigation-related inquiries, but it does not intend to comment further on this matter."
The Larios family has also filed a complaint against Chadron State with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education and has talked about their daughter's death in an article published by the Huffington Post.
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