The heartbroken parents of Stanford star sitter Katie Meyer have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and those responsible for her suicide, according to Sports Illustrated and USA Today, which obtained copies of the lawsuit.
Meyer, 22, was facing a formal disciplinary charge at the time for allegedly spilling coffee on an unidentified Stanford football player who was accused of sexually assaulting another female football player. Meyer’s father previously said the teammate was underage at the time and his daughter stood up for her.
The footballer faced no “real consequences” for the charge against him, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, reportedly said that on the night Meyer died in February, Stanford “negligently” and “recklessly” sent her the formal disciplinary notice in a lengthy letter that “contained threatening language regarding penalties and a possible “dismissal from university.”
Meyer, who was a senior and captain of his team, received the letter after 7 p.m., when Stanford’s counseling and psychiatric services were closed, according to the complaint.
She was found dead in her dorm the next morning. His death was determined to be self-inflicted, according to an autopsy.
“Stanford’s after-hours disciplinary charge, along with Katie’s reckless nature and manner of submission, caused Katie to experience an acute stress reaction that impulsively led to her suicide,” the lawsuit states.
“Katie’s suicide was completed without planning and only in response to shocking and deeply upsetting information she received from Stanford while she was alone in her room, without any support or resources,” the complaint adds.
“Katie, sitting alone in her dorm, when it was dark outside, immediately responded to the email expressing how ‘shocked and distraught’ she was at being accused and threatened with dismissal from college. “, states the complaint.
“Stanford did not respond to Katie’s expression of distress, instead ignoring her and scheduling a meeting 3 days later via email,” according to the complaint. “Stanford employees made no effort to verify Katie’s well-being, either through a simple phone call or through an in-person wellness check.”
Stanford spokesperson Dee Mostofi dismissed the lawsuit’s allegations.
“The Stanford community continues to mourn 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 to CNN.
“However, we strongly disagree with any assertion that the university is responsible for his death. Although we have not yet seen the formal complaint filed by the Meyer family, we are aware of some of the allegations made in the record, which are false and misleading,” Mostofi added.
Mostofi also said the disciplinary letter the university sent to Meyer included “a number to call for immediate support and [she] was specifically advised that this resource was available to her 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, in the words of its own 10 committee, is ‘overly punitive’ and harmful to its students. , but the school and its administrators have done nothing to correct its procedures.
Through “this litigation, we will not only get justice for Katie, but we will also ensure that the necessary changes are put in place to help protect Stanford students and provide safeguards when students need support,” said added Dougherty.
Meyer was an international relations major at the time of her death and was awaiting acceptance into Stanford Law School. She made two key saves in a penalty shootout to help Stanford win the national championship in 2019.
The formal disciplinary charge put his degree on hold three months before graduation. This threatened her status as a student at Stanford, as well as her position as captain and member of the football team.
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