The Family of Deceased Soccer Player Katie Meyer has filed a Lawsuit against Stanford

Katie Meyer a standout goalkeeper for Stanford University committed suicide in March and her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school. According to the lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday and obtained by CNN, she “suffered an acute stress reaction that abruptly led to her suicide” because of the acts of university authorities.

All of this allegedly stems from a disciplinary notice that was handed to Meyer the night before she passed away. According to the lawsuit Meyer who played a key role in Stanford’s 2019 NCAA College Cup victory, was sent a disciplinary notice in August 2021 for an incident in which she allegedly spilled coffee on another Stanford student-athlete who was accused of sexually assaulting one of her minor teammates. The notice was sent in a six-page formal charge email from Stanford’s office of community standards.

She worked as a residential adviser at Stanford and was discovered dead later that evening. Meyer’s mom said her daughter was in a good mood the night before and had been talking to her relatives via video chat about their upcoming spring break trip.

Meyer’s parents claimed in their lawsuit that their daughter was threatened with “removal from the university” and other consequences in a letter she received shortly before her death.

The lawsuit states, “Katie’s status as a Stanford student, Captain and member of the Soccer team, Residential Advisor, Mayfield Fellow, Defense Innovative Scholar, and her ability to attend Stanford Law school were all threatened by the formal disciplinary charge letter related to spilled coffee.”

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Upon receiving the email, Meyer reportedly reached out to the university to express her “horror and disturbed” at the notice, but “Stanford employees failed to help Katie when she conveyed feelings of hopelessness,” as the report put it.

The Autopsy Pointed to Suicide as the Cause of Katie Myers’ Death

The autopsy findings pointed to suicide as the cause of death
The autopsy findings pointed to suicide as the cause of death

According to the lawsuit, Katie committed suicide out of the blue after suffering from an acute stress reaction brought on by Stanford’s after-hours disciplinary allegation and the reckless character and method of surrender to Stanford. Katie took her own life after receiving surprising and very troubling news from Stanford while she was home alone and unable to find any help or assistance.

Dee Mostofi a spokesperson at Stanford has denied the allegations made in the lawsuit.

“We mourn with her family for the immeasurable agony that Katie’s passing has given them,” Mostofi was quoted as saying by ESPN. “The Stanford community continues to grieve her untimely demise.”

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

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Mostofi added that “a number to call for emergency support and [she] was clearly told that this resource was accessible to her 24 hours a day, seven days a week” was included in the disciplinary letter the university wrote to Meyer.

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