Katie Meyer’s parents have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Stanford, saying the 21-year-old goalie was upset about facing discipline over an August 2021 incident.
Mayorat the end of February. The civil suit was filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. USA Today obtained the lawsuit.
The lawsuit says Meyer threw coffee at a Stanford football player who allegedly sexually assaulted a football teammate. It also said the mayor received a formal written notice on the evening of February 28 — the night she died — accusing her of “violating fundamental standards.”
The violation led to her diploma being withheld a few months before she was scheduled to graduate, USA Today reported.
Her parents argued in the lawsuit that the notice came “after hours” while Meyer was “alone in her room with no help or resources.” The lawsuit states that the mayor responded to the email “expressing how ‘shocked and disturbed’ he was that he had been charged and threatened with removal from the university.” ” and he received a follow-up email scheduling a meeting three days later.
Her parents said in the lawsuit that Mayer had “a severe stress reaction that led her to take her own life”. The lawsuit also states that Meyer told Stanford employees in November 2021 that she “feared for months that my clumsiness would ruin my chances of leaving Stanford on a good note.”
Dee Mustofi, Stanford’s assistant vice president for external communications, told USA Today on Wednesday that the school “strongly disagrees” with the lawsuit’s claim that Stanford was responsible for Meyer’s death and that it has not seen the complaint.
Meyer was part of the 2019 national champion women’s soccer team. He stopped two penalty shots in Stanford’s 5-4 shootout victory over North Carolina after a scoreless draw.
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