Katie Meyer was a 21-year-old star soccer player at Stanford University who cut her own life tragically short after she received a six-page email from college officials that threatened to cancel her diploma over an incident of “spilling coffee” on a football player. But was it her fault? Not so according to her parents, who filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university a couple weeks ago.
I looked through the suit and key parts of the email. Join me on this journey to see why I believe this trumped up disciplinary case and incriminating email were weaponized against her. Sometimes the murder weapon isn’t physical. Oftentimes, they’re threats and the closing of once-open doors. See for yourself how the reaction of Katie’s parents is eerily similar to the parents fighting for justice here in Korea for the children they lost in the Itaewon Halloween crowd crush.
I always found it odd that the Fundamental Standard, which Katie was accused of violating, never applied to university faculty and staff themselves. https://communitystandards.stanford.edu/policies-guidance/fundamental-standard
Here’s the wrongful death suit filed by Katie’s parents: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/23320591-meyer-v-stanford-complaint?responsive=1&title=0