Family of Stanford soccer star who died by suicide files wrongful death lawsuit against school

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The family of Stanford soccer star Katie Meyer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school nine months after she took her own life.

Meyer’s family argues that Meyer, who was 22 at the time of her death on Feb. 28, was feeling distressed about facing discipline from the school over an incident six months earlier.

The suit says Meyer spilled coffee on a football player at the school who had allegedly sexually assaulted one of Meyer’s teammates. 

Family of Stanford soccer star who died by suicide files wrongful death lawsuit against school

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Family of Stanford soccer star who died by suicide files wrongful death lawsuit against school

Stanford Cardinal goalkeeper Katie Meyer during a game
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Meyer, according to the suit, received a formal written notice that charged her with a “violation of the fundamental standard” the day she died.

Gina and Steven Meyer are arguing their daughter had “an acute stress reaction that impulsively led her” to commit suicide. Meyer was being threatened with “removal from the university,” and she would not receive her diploma on time.

Family of Stanford soccer star who died by suicide files wrongful death lawsuit against school

Stanford goalkeeper Katie Meyer shakes hands with teammates before a game
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Her parents argue in the lawsuit that the notice came “after hours” while Meyer was “alone in her room without any support or resources.”

“We’re just, we’re struggling right now,” Gina Meyer said in March. “We are struggling to know what happened and why it happened. We’re just heartbroken, so heartbroken.”

Family of Stanford soccer star who died by suicide files wrongful death lawsuit against school

Goalie Katie Meyer (19) of the Stanford Cardinal hoists the trophy after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Division I women’s soccer championship at Avaya Stadium Dec. 8, 2019, in San Jose, Calif.
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Meyer won the 2019 national title with the Cardinal after making two big saves on penalty kicks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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