Parents sue JU and ex-coach over daughter’s suicide

Published on February 20, 2023 at 10:10 am

The parents of a Jacksonville University student who committed suicide are suing the school and its former track and cross-country coach accused of berating and bullying her.

Julia Pernsteiner, 23, died in her dorm room in November 2021, less than a year after she transferred from the University of Pikeville in Kentucky.

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The wrongful-death lawsuit by Ray and Lynne Pernsteiner cites JU negligence as well as breach of contract and failure to follow requirements of the federal Title IX protection against sex discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act and another civil rights law known as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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