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Lindsay Blankmeyer, twenty-one, a former student at Roman Catholic Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, has sued her old school, claiming they were derelict in helping her after her roommate's over-active sex life allegedly drove her into a suicidal depression.
Blankmeyer already suffered from depression and ADD when she enrolled at Stonehill in 2007, wanting to see how she would do in school "without any sort of additional help in the form of a reasonable accommodation." The answer turned out to be "not well," as Blankmeyer's roomie, "Laura," did a number on her psyche by "having online and actual sex right in front of her," as the court complaint has it.
The depressed undergrad began to spiral out of control as her horny roommate frequently "had overnight guests without asking [Blankmeyer's] permission or even informing [her] that she would be having guests." "Laura" would "stay up late with lights on" and supposedly shake and yell at Blankmeyer while she was sleeping. The complaint states:
"More disturbingly, Laura would have sex with her boyfriend while Lindsay was trying to sleep just a few feet away. Laura would also engage in sexually inappropriate video chatting when Lindsay was in the room."
Blankmeyer ended up appealing to her resident assistant, describing the "toxic environment." Stonehill offered her two options: either move to a former study lounge described by her lawyers as a "small, cubicle-like space," or move to a so-called "party dorm" and live with another (presumably strange/sexually active) girl. Neither option was satisfactory to Blankmeyer, and she wound up moving into a hotel. She eventually completed her final semester at her home in Buffalo, New York.
Blankmeyer is seeking $150,000 in damages and fees, with the lawsuit alleging that Stonehill refused to grant Blankmeyer "reasonable accommodation of a single room," and that the school violated the Rehabilitation Act, the federal Fair Housing Amendments Act, as well as Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws.
I don't know if one would call the suit frivolous, but, while it's unfortunate that the roommates weren't compatible to say the least, taking legal action seems a bit excessive. The promiscuous roommate wasn't doing anything illegal, and Stonehill College did make what appeared to be reasonable attempts at rectifying the situation.