The dad and mom of Katie Meyer, a star soccer goalie who died by suicide final spring, filed a wrongful loss of life lawsuit towards Stanford on Wednesday.
On the time of her loss of life Meyer, 21, was going through disciplinary motion for allegedly spilling espresso on a Stanford soccer participant who was accused of sexually assaulting a feminine soccer participant. Meyer’s father stated his daughter was defending that teammate, who was a minor on the time.
The lawsuit states that on the night time of her loss of life, Stanford “negligently and recklessly” despatched her the formal disciplinary discover that “contained threatening language concerning sanctions and potential ‘elimination from the college.'”
On the night time of Feb. 28, Meyer FaceTimed her dad and mom and two sisters from her dorm room at Stanford and he or she was in temper, in accordance with her mother. They have been coordinating her plans for spring break, which included a cease residence in Southern California earlier than a couple of days in Mexico with pals.
Nevertheless, her dad and mom say that later that night Meyer acquired the six-page electronic mail from Stanford informing her of a disciplinary listening to.
The next day, Meyer was discovered lifeless in her dorm room, the place she lived as a resident adviser. An post-mortem carried out March 3 confirmed the way of loss of life was from suicide.
“Stanford’s after-hours disciplinary cost, and the reckless nature and method of submission to Katie, induced Katie to undergo an acute stress response that impulsively led to her suicide,” the lawsuit states. “Katie’s suicide was accomplished with out planning and solely in response to the stunning and deeply distressing data she acquired from Stanford whereas alone in her room with none help or assets.”
A senior finding out worldwide relations and historical past, Meyer made two key saves in a penalty shootout to assist Stanford win the nationwide championship in 2019. She was part of the celebrated 2022 Mayfield Fellows Program — which is geared towards creating college students to guide expertise ventures — and was awaiting acceptance into Stanford Regulation College.