Former Stanford football star Katie Meyer’s family files wrongful death lawsuit against university

Katie Meyer’s parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Stanford, saying the 21-year-old goalkeeper was distressed because of the discipline she faced over an August 2021 incident.

Meyer took his own life At the end of February. The civil lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. USA Today obtained the lawsuit.

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FILE – Katie Meyer of Stanford defends a goal against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship at Avaya Stadium on December 8, 2019 in San Jose, California. Stanford defeated North Carolina in a shootout.

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The lawsuit states that Mayer spilled coffee on a Stanford football player who allegedly sexually assaulted a football teammate. It also said Mayer received a formal written notice on the evening of 28 February – the same night he died – which accused him of “breaching a fundamental standard”.

USA Today reported that the violation withheld her diploma just months before her graduation.

Her parents argued in the lawsuit that the notice came “after hours” while Mayer was “alone in her room with no support or resources.” The lawsuit states that Mayer responded to the email “expressing how she was ‘shocked and distraught’ she had been accused and threatened with removal from the university” and received a follow-up email. who set up a meeting three days later.

Her parents said in the lawsuit that Mayer had “an intense stress reaction that led her to have a convulsion” that took her life. The lawsuit also states that Mayer told Stanford staffers in November 2021 that she was “fearful for months that my clumsiness would ruin my chances of leaving Stanford on a good note.”

De Mostofi, Stanford’s assistant vice president of external communications, told USA TODAY on Wednesday that the school “strongly disagrees” with the lawsuit’s claim that Stanford was responsible for the mayor’s death and that it had not seen the complaint.

Mayer 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.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal ideation, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

For more information about mental health care resources and support, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline, Monday through Friday, 10 am-6 pm ET, at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email info@ can be reached.

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