Stanford soccer star Katie Meyer was ‘facing disciplinary action over coffee incident’ before tragic suicide

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PROMISING soccer star Katie Meyer was facing disciplinary action before her tragic suicide, according to reports.

The Stanford goalkeeper, 22, was found dead on campus earlier this year.

Katie Meyer's parents are reportedly suing Stanford following her death


Katie Meyer’s parents are reportedly suing Stanford following her deathCredit: Getty

Meyer was pronounced deceased on March 1, 2022 with her death determined to be “self-inflicted”.

According to USA Today Sports, Meyer’s parents have sued the university for wrongful death.

At the time of her death, the soccer player was facing disciplinary action from the school after an incident involving a male player.

It is alleged that Meyer spilled coffee on the fellow player in August 2021 while out riding her bike.

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The player in question had allegedly sexually assaulted a female soccer player – a minor at the time – who played in Meyer’s team.

Meyer, 22, was reportedly sent communication regarding imminent disciplinary action over the incident on the night of her death.

The complaint reads: “Stanford’s after-hours disciplinary charge, and the reckless nature and manner of submission to Katie, caused Katie to suffer an acute stress reaction that impulsively led to her suicide.

“Katie’s suicide was completed without planning and solely in response to the shocking and deeply distressing information she received from Stanford while alone in her room without any support or resources.’’

According to the complaint, Meyer received the notice after 7pm when Stanford’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services were closed.

It continued: “Katie, sitting alone in her dorm room, when it was dark outside, immediately responded to the email expressing how ‘shocked and distraught’ she was over being charged and threatened with removal from the university.

“Stanford failed to respond to Katie’s expression of distress, instead ignored it and scheduled a meeting for 3 days later via email.

“Stanford employees made no effort whatsoever to check on Katie’s well-being, either by a simple phone call or in-person welfare check.’”

Dee Mostofi, assistant vice president of external communications at Stanford, confirmed to USA Today that the university hadn’t received the full formal complaint.

Mostofi told the publication: “The Stanford community continues to grieve Katie’s tragic death and we sympathize with her family for the unimaginable pain that Katie’s passing has caused them.

“However, we strongly disagree with any assertion that the university is responsible for her death.”   

Mostofi also claims that Meyer was given a phone number to call for immediate support and specifically told the resource was available to her 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Meyer’s parents Steve and Gina have released their own statement through their attorneys.

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It reads: “We are deeply troubled and disappointed with what we have learned since [Katie’s] passing and have no choice but to move forward with litigation to achieve justice for Katie and protect future students.

“In addition, we are working to seek systemic changes to improve the safety and support of the Stanford students currently on campus, and those enrolled in the future through our foundation, Katie’s Save.’”

Stanford soccer star Katie Meyer was ‘facing disciplinary action over coffee incident’ before tragic suicide

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