The family of Stanford soccer star Katie Meyer 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 February 28, was distraught about facing school discipline over an incident that occurred six months earlier.
The lawsuit says Meyer spilled coffee on a football player at the school who had allegedly sexually assaulted one of Meyer’s teammates.
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Meyer, according to the lawsuit, received formal written notice charging her with a “fundamental rule violation” on the day of her death.
Gina and Steven Meyer argue that their daughter had “an acute stress reaction that led her impulsively” to commit suicide. Meyer was being threatened to “withdraw her from the university” and she would not receive her diploma on time.
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Her parents argue in the lawsuit that the notice came “after hours” while Meyer was “alone in her bedroom with no support or resources.”
“We’re just, we’re struggling right now,” Gina Meyer said in March. “We are struggling to find out what happened and why it happened. We are heartbroken, very heartbroken.”
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Meyer won the 2019 national title with the Cardinal after making two great saves on penalty kicks.
Associated Press contributed to this report.