• Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Katie Meyer’s family sues Stanford over soccer star’s death California

ByPatricia S. Stevens

Nov 24, 2022

The family of Katie Meyer, a Stanford University star soccer goalkeeper who died by suicide in March, has sued the university for wrongful death.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday and reviewed by CNN, alleges that the actions of the university administration caused her to suffer “an acute stress reaction that impulsively led to her suicide.”

The allegations relate to a disciplinary notice that was served to Meyer on the night of her death. On March 1, Meyer, who helped Stanford win the 2019 NCAA College Cup championship game, received a six-page formal indictment email from Stanford’s Community Standards Office that included a disciplinary notice following an August 2021 incident in which, according to the lawsuit she allegedly spilled coffee on another Stanford student who was accused of sexually assaulting one of her underage teammates.

Later that evening, she was found dead in one of Stanford’s dormitories, where she was a housing counselor. According to Meyer’s mother, she had been in good spirits the previous night and had spoken to her family via video chat about a planned spring break.

Meyer’s parents alleged in the lawsuit that the letter Meyer received before her death contained “threatening words regarding sanctions and possible ‘expulsion from the university.'”

“The formal disciplinary notice related to spilled coffee also informed Katie that her diploma was on hold just three (3) months before graduation; among other things, threaten her status as a Stanford student, captain and football team member, Residential Advisor, Mayfield Fellow, Defense Innovative Scholar and her ability to attend Stanford Law School,” the lawsuit states.

It said Meyer contacted the university immediately after receiving the email, telling them that she was “shocked and upset” by the news, but that “Stanford staff did not support Katie when she expressed feelings of desperation.” brought”.

An autopsy confirmed the cause of death was suicide.

“Stanford’s after-hours disciplinary charges and the reckless manner in which Katie was submissive caused Katie to have an acute stress response that impulsively led to her suicide,” the lawsuit reads. “Katie’s suicide was carried out without planning and solely in response to the shocking and deeply distressing information she received from Stanford while alone in her room with no support or resources.”

A Stanford spokesman, Dee Mostofi, denied the lawsuit’s allegations.

“The Stanford community continues to mourn Katie’s tragic death and we join her family in the unimaginable pain that Katie’s death has caused them,” ESPN reported, Mostofi said.

“However, we strongly disagree with any claim that the university is responsible for her death. While we have not yet seen the Meyer family’s formal complaint, we are aware of some of the allegations in the file that are false and misleading.”

Mostofi also said the disciplinary letter the university sent to Meyer “included a number to call immediate assistance and [she] was specifically told that this resource is available to her 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 800-273-8255 and online chat is also available. You can also text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis SMS advisor. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on toll free 116 123 or by email at [email protected] or [email protected] In Australia the crisis service is Lifeline 13 11 14. For other international helplines see befrienders.org