Parents of student who died in suicide over anxiety attacks to sue Bristol University

The parents of a student who took her own life because she was too anxious to make a public presentation are taking legal action against her university. The Independent reports.

Natasha Abrahart, 20, who was studying physics at the University of Bristol, had been due to have an oral assessment on the day she was found dead last year.

She had told tutors she suffered anxiety and panic attacks over the oral presentations, and had been prescribed an antidepressant.

Robert and Margaret Abrahart say their daughter was terrified of being kicked out of the university because her anxiety forced her to avoid oral exams, for which she was docked marks.

They believe Bristol University staff should have allowed her work to be assessed without her having to face a public verbal exam.

“We are taking the legal action because Bristol are not listening to us. They do not accept there is a problem,” Mr Abrahart, a retired university associate professor, told The Sunday Times.

Ms Abrahart was the tenth of 12 students to take their own life at the University of Bristol since October 2016.

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