A Miami college student is in hot water, after he made a personal letter public. When Nick Lutz received a handwritten letter of apology from his ex, the University of Central Florida student took the private message to the public domain. Now, University officials have intervened with a firm punishment.
Lutz snapped pictures of his ex-girlfriend’s four-page repentant admission, then sent them to a friend. According to Lutz, the friend suggested he grade the letter.
Lutz did. With red pen in hand, he heavily critiqued the work, using phrases like “useless filling sentences” and “lackadaisical handwriting,” while correcting her spelling.
“Long intro, short conclusion, strong hypothesis but nothing to back it up,” he wrote. “Details are important. If you want to be believed, back it up with proof … Need to stop contradicting your own story and pick a side.”
After grading the document a ” D-minus — 61 points out of 100″ and offering to allow a “revision for half credit,” Lutz posted the edited version on Twitter.
He wrote: “When your ex writes you an apology letter so you grade it to send it back.”
When your ex writes you an apology letter so you grade it to send it back pic.twitter.com/MczdjcCiil
— Nick Lutz (@NickLutz12) February 17, 2017
The February post went viral, claiming more than 121,000 retweets and 340,000 likes.
Although Lutz did not divulge his ex-girlfriend’s name, she still felt cyberbullied. According to reports, the ex went to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the administration of the University of Central Florida, filing a grievance.
The University eventually suspended Lutz for two semesters — this summer and fall — citing a violation of “disruptive conduct” and “harmful behavior” clauses of the student conduct code, reports say.
Lutz, with the help of lawyer Jacob Stuart, has appealed the ruling, contending it violates his First Amendment rights.
While Stuart acknowledges that in the Twitter post, Lutz “obviously was making fun of her,” he says the Constitution allows Lutz to do that. Stuart says Lutz “just wants to go back to school and graduate.”
“Looking back at it now, it’s probably the craziest thing that will ever happen in my life,” Lutz said.
UCF spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin said “the process in this case may yet not be complete.”
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