Family of Stanford goalie who took her own life sue college for pursuing disciplinary measures

The family of the Stanford goalkeeper has sued the school for pursuing disciplinary measures against her, claiming it was what lead her to suicide.

Katie Meyer, 22, took her own life in February after reportedly being handed a disciplinary letter regarding the moment she spilled coffee on a student who was accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

She was reportedly riding her bike in August when she reportedly spilled her drink on a football player, USA Today Sports, who obtained the lawsuit, said.

It is unclear if Meyer purposely spilled the coffee or not on the unidentified football player.

Her parents, Steven and Gina Meyer have now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the California school, claiming their daughter’s suicide was ‘solely in response to the shocking and deeply distressing information she received from Stanford while alone in her room without any support or resources. ‘

The letter reportedly threatened to charge or remove the goalie from Stanford, USA Today Sports reported.

Katie Meyer’s family has sued Stanford for wrongful death, claiming the disciplinary letter she received prompted her suicide

Her parents, Steven and Gina Meyer, have now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the California school, claiming their daughter’s suicide was ‘solely in response to the shocking and deeply distressing information she received from Stanford while alone in her room without any support or resources ‘

Katie Meyer, 22, took her own life in February after reportedly being handed a disciplinary letter regarding the moment she spilled coffee on a student who was accused of sexually assaulting a minor

The soccer captain, who was also recovering from knee surgery, reportedly received the notice around 7pm on the night she died, when campus counseling resources had already closed for the evening.

She immediately responded to the email, noting that she was ‘shocked and distraught’ over the letter and the school had responded by setting up a counseling session three days later, the complaint reportedly read.

She also reportedly told the school that she had been ‘experiencing anxiety during the disciplinary process’ and had been ‘scared for months that my clumsiness will ruin my chances of leaving Stanford on a good note, a November 2021 complaint read.

Steven and Gina are claiming the school ‘ignored’ Katie’s distress and ‘made no effort whatsoever to check on Katie’s well-being, either by a simple phone call or in-person welfare check.’

However, the school’s Assistant Vice President of External Communications, Dee Mostofi, said staff replied to her ‘within the hour’ of her email and that she was ‘offered several available times and had chose[n] one three days later, despite the availability of an earlier appointment.’

Meyer's was the goalkeeper for the Stanford women's soccer team.  The soccer captain, who was also recovering from knee surgery, reportedly received the notice around 7pm on the night she died

Meyer’s was the goalkeeper for the Stanford women’s soccer team. The soccer captain, who was also recovering from knee surgery, reportedly received the notice around 7pm on the night she died

She immediately responded to the email, noting that she was 'shocked and distraught' over the letter and the school had responded by setting up a counseling session three days later.  Her parents argued the school neglected their distressed daughter, but Stanford said it responded to her email 'within the hour' and that the student had selected the appointment

She immediately responded to the email, noting that she was ‘shocked and distraught’ over the letter and the school had responded by setting up a counseling session three days later. Her parents argued the school neglected their distressed daughter, but Stanford said it responded to her email ‘within the hour’ and that the student had selected the appointment

He also said the school had reached out to Meyer ‘several days’ prior to sending her the letter to give her adequate time to send over any additional information for consideration.

Mostofi said the student-athlete did not provide anything further.

In addition, the formal letter reportedly listed a phone number for an ‘immediate support’ contact that was supposedly available 24/7 and the letter ‘explicitly told that this was not a determination that she did anything wrong.’

The football player was reportedly not seeking any sort of punishment that would ‘impact’ the international relations student. He also allegedly told the school he wanted to make ‘amends,’ according to USA Today Sports.

Katie Meyer, 22, had shared pictures of her last month after she underwent knee surgery

Katie Meyer, 22, had shared pictures of her last month after she underwent knee surgery

The soccer player had posted a TikTok regarding her knee surgery just days before her death

The soccer player had posted a TikTok regarding her knee surgery just days before her death

‘We strongly disagree with any assertion that the university is responsible for her death,’ he said in a statement to USA Today Sports. However, he did say the ‘Stanford community continues to grieve Katie’s tragic death.’

The lawsuit also charges Stanford with negligent infliction of emotional distress and other relation actions, according to USA Today Sports.

If you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 988.

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