Stanford's Katie Meyer feared disciplinary action but parents saw 'no red flags'

The parents of Katie Meyer, the Stanford goalkeeper who died by suicide Tuesday, said during an interview Friday that they saw no red flags before their daughter’s death.

‘She died by suicide,’ Gina Meyer said in an interview on NBC’s Today show. ‘The last couple days are like a parent’s worst nightmare and you don’t wake up from it. So it’s just horrific.’

‘I don’t even think it’s hit us yet. We’re still in shock. But we had no red flags,’ she added.

Meyer, 22, was found dead in her dorm room on Tuesday, just months shy of her graduation.

The parents of the Sanford soccer star shared that their daughter was facing potential disciplinary action from the university before she took her own life — and said the stress of that incident may have contributed to her tragic death.

‘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,’ her father, Steven Meyer, said.

In their search for answers over Katie’s death, they say they think she may have received an email about disciplinary actions being taken against her before she died.

‘We have not seen that email yet,’ her mother said. ‘She had been getting letters for a couple of 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.’

During the interview, her parents also questioned whether the pressures of being a collegiate athlete and captain of the soccer team were too much for their daughter.

‘There is anxiety and there is stress to be perfect, to be the best, to be No. 1,’ Gina Meyer said of her daughter, who had helped Stanford win the 2019 NCAA women’s soccer championship.

Her mother, donning one of Katie’s red sweaters during the emotional interview, said that the article of clothing smelled like her, and helped her through the loss.

In their last conversation with Katie, a FaceTime call just hours before her death, her father said she was her usual, jovial self.

‘She was excited,’ Gina said. ‘She had a lot on her plate. She had a lot going on. But she was happy. She was in great spirits.’

The specifics of the incident and how Katie was involved have not been made public. The Meyer parents also did not know about the incident until after Katie’s death, which is one of the reasons they’re speaking out. Her parents hope to encourage more communication between parents and university administrators — something that can be difficult because college students who are 18 or older are legal adults.

The parents say that if they had been made aware of any issues their daughter was facing, that they may have had a chance to intervene and prevent this from happening.

‘We’re just struggling right now,’ Gina said. ‘We are struggling to know what happened, and why it happened. We’re just heartbroken. So heartbroken.’

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