The heartbroken dad and mom of Stanford star goalie Katie Meyer have filed a wrongful loss of life swimsuit in opposition to the college and officers over her suicide, in accordance with Sports Illustrated and USA Today, which obtained copies of the swimsuit.
Meyer, 22, was dealing with a proper disciplinary cost on the time for allegedly spilling espresso on an unidentified Stanford soccer participant who had been accused of sexually assaulting one other feminine soccer participant. Meyer’s father had beforehand stated that the teammate was a minor on the time, and his daughter was defending her.
The soccer participant confronted no “real consequence” for the accusation in opposition to him, in accordance with the criticism.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, reportedly states that the evening Meyer died in February, Stanford “negligently” and “recklessly” despatched her the formal disciplinary discover in a prolonged letter that “contained threatening language concerning sanctions and potential ‘removing from the college.’”
Meyer, who was a senior and captain of her staff, obtained the letter after 7 p.m., when Stanford’s Counseling and Psychiatric Providers was closed, in accordance with the criticism.
She was discovered useless in her dorm room the next morning. Her loss of life was decided to be self inflicted, in accordance with an post-mortem.
“Stanford’s after-hours disciplinary cost, and the reckless nature and method of submission to Katie, prompted Katie to endure an acute stress reaction that impulsively led to her suicide,″ the lawsuit states.
“Katie’s suicide was accomplished with out planning and solely in response to the shocking and deeply distressing info she obtained from Stanford whereas alone in her room with none assist or assets,” the criticism provides.
“Katie, sitting alone in her dorm room, when it was darkish exterior, instantly responded to the e-mail expressing how ‘shocked and distraught’ she was over being charged and threatened with removing from the college,’’ the criticism reads.
“Stanford failed to reply to Katie’s expression of misery, as a substitute ignored it and scheduled a gathering for 3 days later through e-mail,” in accordance with the criticism. “Stanford workers made no effort by any means to verify on Katie’s well-being, both by a easy telephone name or in-person welfare verify.’’
Stanford spokesperson Dee Mostofi dismissed the lawsuit’s claims.
“The Stanford group continues to grieve Katie’s tragic loss of life and we sympathize together with her household for the unimaginable ache that Katie’s passing has prompted them,” Mostofi stated in a statement to CNN.
“Nonetheless, we strongly disagree with any assertion that the college is chargeable for her loss of life. Whereas we now have not but seen the formal criticism introduced by the Meyer household, we’re conscious of a few of the allegations made within the submitting, that are false and deceptive,” Mostofi added.
Mostofi additionally said that the disciplinary letter which the college despatched to Meyer included “a quantity to name for fast assist and [she] was particularly advised that this useful resource was obtainable to her 24 hours a day, seven days per week.”
The Meyer household’s lawyer Kim Dougherty stated in a press release to Sports activities Illustrated that Stanford has “identified for years that its disciplinary course of, in its personal Committee 10’s phrases, is ‘overly punitive’ and dangerous to its college students, but the college and its directors have accomplished nothing to appropriate its procedures.”
By “this litigation we won’t solely acquire justice for Katie, but additionally guarantee essential change is put into place to assist shield Stanford college students and supply safeguards when college students are in want of assist,” Dougherty added.
Meyer was a senior majoring in worldwide relations on the time of her loss of life, and was awaiting acceptance into Stanford’s legislation college. She made two key saves in a penalty shootout to assist Stanford win the nationwide championship in 2019.
The formal disciplinary cost positioned her diploma on maintain three months earlier than her scheduled commencement. It threatened her persevering with standing as a Stanford scholar, in addition to her place as captain and member of the soccer staff.
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