Katie Meyer’s family sues Stanford over soccer star’s death | California – Update Cali

The family of Katie Meyer, the star soccer goalkeeper at Stanford University who died by suicide in March, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the university.

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

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

Later that evening, she was found dead in one of the Stanford dormitories where she was a resident advisor. According to Meyer’s mother, she had been in good spirits the night before and video chatted with her family about her planned spring break with them.

Meyer’s parents claimed in the lawsuit that the letter Meyer received before his death “contained threatening language regarding sanctions and possible ‘removal from the university.’

“In the formal disciplinary charge letter related to the spilled coffee, Katie was also informed that her degree had been suspended only three (3) months prior to graduation; jeopardizing her status as a Stanford student, captain and member of the soccer team, resident advisor, Mayfield Fellow, Defense Innovative Scholar, and her ability to attend Stanford Law School, among many other things,” the lawsuit states.

She said Meyer contacted the university immediately after receiving the email, informing them that she was “shocked and upset” by the announcement, but that “Stanford staff failed to support Katie when she expressed feelings of despair.”

An autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was suicide.

“Stanford’s after-hours disciplinary charges and inconsiderate nature and manner of submitting to Katie caused Katie to suffer an acute stress reaction that impulsively led to her suicide,” the lawsuit states. “Katie’s suicide was completed without planning and only in response to the shocking and deeply disturbing information she received from Stanford while alone in her room without any support or resources.”

Stanford spokesman Dee Mostofi disputed the lawsuit’s claims.

“The Stanford community continues to mourn Katie’s tragic death, and our hearts go out to her family for the unimaginable pain Katie’s death has caused them,” ESPN’s Mostofi said.

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

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

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

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