Mother reflects on her son's passing at Shasta Lake
EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon is now apologizing after a statement the released over the weekend following the death of a student at Shasta Lake.
The University faced backlash after people said their statement was deemed "insensitive."
Students took to social media in response to the University's original statement regarding the death of 21-year-old Dylan Pietrs. At first, the University said on both Facebook and Twitter that students have a history of making poor life choices during visits at Shasta Lake.
Over the weekend, University of Oregon's students trip to Shasta Lake, in California, was cut short after a fellow student was found dead in his tent on Saturday morning.
Pietrs was a business administration major, and a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, also known as FIJI.
"There's nothing worse than hearing that your son has died," Kelly Pietrs, Dylan's mother, said to KATU over the phone. "He was loved and really cherished by a lot of people."
The Shasta County Sheriff's Office said that he was drinking Friday, but as of Monday afternoon, it was unclear as to whether that contributed to his death.
At first, the University of Oregon released a statement saying that students have a history of demonstrating poor life choices at the lake, immediately getting backlash from students on social media. Many said the University's statement was "inappropriate" and "embarrassing."
The University issued another statement and the Vice President for Student Life also apologized to the campus.
Lauren Miller, with the University, says they acknowledge their mistake and now they're trying to move past it and focus on Dylan's family, friends and those affected.
"Our hears are with the family and friends, those impacted with the news," said Miller. "We are going to continue to do everything we can to offer our support and condolence on behalf of the institution and administration."
We attempted to speak to some students and peers who knew Dylan, but they did not want to go on camera. Many tell us that they are still shaken by the situation.
As of Monday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office says there are no signs of foul play in the death, and once again, it is unknown if alcohol was at all contributed.