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Student from Bayville in mac-and-cheese tirade banned from Connecticut campus, officials say

Luke Gatti, a college student from Bayville, is

Luke Gatti, a college student from Bayville, is held down by University of Connecticut food service employees following a profanity-laced tirade and physical altercation in an on-campus food court -- over macaroni and cheese. Credit: YouTube / iujm ujnh / AP

A Bayville teen arrested after a drunken mac-and-cheese tirade is no longer a student at the University of Connecticut and is banned from campus effective Wednesday, school officials confirmed.

Luke Gatti, 19, was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and breach of peace on Oct. 4 after he berated a food service manager with obscenities and drunkenly demanded bacon jalapeño mac and cheese at the university's Union Street Market in Storrs, Connecticut.

The incident, in which Gatti appeared to shove the manager and was tackled and restrained by a chef, was recorded by a bystander and uploaded to YouTube. The original video has since been removed, but racked up 100,000 views in 24 hours.

Gatti apologized for the incident in a subsequent video, saying he was ashamed of his behavior and didn't recognize himself.

"I couldn't even believe it was me in it," he said. "I was watching it and thinking, 'Oh my God. What the hell's wrong with me. This is not what I'm all about. I don't treat people this way.' "

Stephanie Reitz, a spokeswoman for the school, said the no trespass order, issued Wednesday, was a direct result of the Gatti's behavior during the altercation. Student privacy laws prevented her from saying whether Gatti's departure from the school was also a response from the university or Gatti's own decision.

Calls to an attorney listed for Gatti in Connecticut court records were not immediately returned. The Gatti family declined to comment. Gatti is due back in court on Nov. 3.

The food service employees seen in the video have declined media requests for interviews, but Bill McKay, the employee seen restraining Gatti, wrote in a letter to the school's student newspaper The Daily Campus that he forgave Gatti, though he added that he didn't think UConn was the right place for him.

"Forgiveness does not mean I believe Gatti shouldn't be held accountable for his actions," McKay wrote. "He should, and he will."


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