Katie Meyer’s family files wrongful death lawsuit against Stanford

Katie Meyer’s family files wrongful death lawsuit against Stanford
Katie Meyer’s family files wrongful death lawsuit against Stanford

The parents of Katie Meyer, a star football goalie who killed herself last spring, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Stanford on Wednesday.

At the time of his death, Meyer, 21, was being disciplined for allegedly spilling coffee on a Stanford soccer player accused of sexually assaulting a female soccer player. Meyer’s father said his daughter stood up for the teammate, who was underage at the time.

The lawsuit states that on the night of his death, Stanford “negligently and recklessly” sent him the formal disciplinary notice which “contained threatening language regarding penalties and possible ‘dismissal from the university.’

On the night of Feb. 28, Meyer FaceTimed his parents and two sisters from his dorm at Stanford and was in good spirits, according to his mother. They were coordinating his spring break plans, which included a stop at home in Southern California before a few days in Mexico with friends.

However, her parents say that later that evening Meyer received the six-page email from Stanford notifying her of a disciplinary hearing.

The next day, Meyer was found dead in her dorm, where she lived as a resident councillor. An autopsy performed on March 3 confirmed the manner of death was suicide.

“Stanford’s after-hours disciplinary charge, along with Katie’s reckless nature and manner of submission, caused Katie to have 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 moving information she received from Stanford while she was alone in her room, without any support or resources.”

In a statement to several media outlets, Stanford spokesperson Dee Mostofi refuted the lawsuit allegations.

“The Stanford community continues to mourn Katie’s tragic death and we sympathize with her family for the unimaginable pain Katie’s passing has caused them,” Mostofi wrote.

“However, we strongly disagree with any claim that the university is responsible for his death. Although we have yet to see the formal complaint filed by the Meyer family, we are aware of some of the allegations made in the filing which are false and misleading,” Mostofi added.

A senior international relations and history student, Meyer made two key saves in a penalty shootout to help Stanford win the national championship in 2019. She was part of the prestigious 2022 Mayfield Fellows program – which aims to develop students to run tech companies. — and was waiting to be accepted into Stanford Law School.

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