Stanford University is in mourning as a life was taken far too soon. One of the university’s soccer players, Katie Meyer, passed away at the age of 22. She was the goalkeeper of the Stanford Women’s Soccer Team.
Stanford University officials confirmed on Wednesday that Katie Meyer, 22, of Newbury Park, California died in her dorm room on Tuesday. Her sister Sam Perez posted on Instagram that the family is ‘broken-heart’ and not ready to post anything big yet. Students first reported seeing ambulances and police vehicles near Crothers Hall at around 11am.
Now, Katie Meyer’s parents are speaking out about her death. They are hoping to help other parents avoid the same situation. Meyer’s mom and dad fear a possible punishment from Stanford could have led to their daughter’s suicide earlier this week.
In an interview with NBC’s “Today” show on Friday, Steven and Gina Meyer say their daughter was facing potential discipline over an alleged incident involving her and one of her Cardinal teammates. “Katie, being Katie, was defending a teammate on campus over an incident and the repercussions of her defending that teammate [were possibly resulting in disciplinary action],” Steven Meyer said on TODAY.
“We have not seen that email yet,” Gina said. “She had been getting letters for a couple months. This letter was kind of the final letter that there was going to be a trial or some kind of something. This is the only thing that we can come up with that triggered something.” Stanford University declined to comment on the situation. They told “Today” in a statement, “We are not able to share information about confidential student disciplinary matters.”
RIP Katie. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.
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