December 1, 2022
Parents file wrongful death lawsuit against Stanford in soccer goalkeeper’s suicide

The grieving parents of Stanford star goalkeeper Katie Meyer have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and officials over her suicide. Sports Illustrated And usa todaywho received copies of the suit.

Mayer, 22, was facing a formal disciplinary charge at the time for allegedly spilling coffee on an unnamed Stanford football player who had been accused of sexually assaulting another female football player. Meyer’s father previously said that the teammate was a minor at the time and that his daughter was defending him.

The football player did not face “actual resultfor the allegation against him, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, reportedly states that the night Mayer died in February, Stanford “negligently” and “negligently” sent him a formal disciplinary notice in a long letter that contained “threatening language about sanctions and possible ‘expulsion from the University’.”

According to the complaint, Mayer, who was a senior and captain of her team, received the letter after 7 p.m., when Stanford’s counseling and psychiatric services were closed.

The next morning she was found dead in her hostel room. According to an autopsy, her death was determined to be self-immolation.

“Due to Stanford’s after-hours disciplinary charge, and the careless nature and manner in which Katie was presented, Katie suffered a acute stress response This impulsively led to her suicide,” the lawsuit says.

“Katie’s suicide was unplanned and In response to the completely shocking and extremely disturbing The complaint states that he received the information from Stanford while alone in his room without any support or resources.

“Katie, sitting alone in her dorm room as it was dark outside, quickly responded to the email, describing how ‘shocked and distraught’ she had been accused and threatened with removal from the university ,” reads the complaint.

According to the complaint, “Stanford failed to respond to Katie’s expression of distress, instead ignoring it and scheduling a meeting via email for 3 days.” “Stanford staff made no effort whatsoever to check on Katie’s health, either by a simple phone call or in-person wellness checkup.”

Stanford spokesman Dee Mostofi dismissed the lawsuit’s claims.

“The Stanford community is mourning Katie’s tragic death, and we sympathize with her family for the unimaginable pain Katie’s passing has caused them,” Mostofi said in a statement. statement to CNN,

“However, we strongly disagree with any claim that the university is responsible for his 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,” Mostofi said.

Mostofi too Told The disciplinary letter sent by the university to Meyer included “a number to call for immediate support”. [she] was specifically told that this resource was available to him 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Meyer family attorney Kim Dougherty said in a statement to Sports Illustrated that Stanford “has known for years that its disciplinary process is, in the words of its own Committee of 10, ‘overly punitive’ and harmful to its students, yet The school and its administrators did nothing to correct its procedures.

“Through this lawsuit we will not only seek justice for Katie, but also ensure that necessary changes are made to help protect Stanford students and provide safeguards when students need support.” Dougherty said.

Meyer was a senior in international relations at the time of her death, awaiting acceptance into Stanford’s law school. He made two crucial saves in the penalty shootout to help Stanford win the national championship in 2019.

Formal disciplinary charges withheld her diploma three months before her scheduled graduation. This jeopardized his continued status as a Stanford student, as well as his position as captain and member of the football team.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, You can also text HOME toll-free at 741-741, 24 hour support from distress text line, outside the US please to visit International Federation for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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