A 19-year-old student at the University of Connecticut – whose drunken, profanity-laced tirade against food workers for refusing to sell him jalapeno-bacon macaroni and cheese went viral – is no longer enrolled at the school and is banned from all school property, school officials said Wednesday.
It wasn’t clear if Luke Gatti, a former freshman from Bayville, N.Y., was expelled from the school or left on his own. Federal law bars UConn from disclosing details of disciplinary cases involving students, university spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said.
Gatti was charged on Oct. 4 with breach of peace and criminal trespass after the incident. He had been trying to buy macaroni and cheese from the university’s student union in Storrs, but police and the manager said he was refused service because he had an open container of alcohol.
The 9-minute video shows Gatti being tackled by another employee, being arrested by police and spitting at the manager before being led away. The video was widely viewed over the Internet.
UConn police issued a no trespassing order to Gatti on Wednesday morning after they were notified that he is no longer attending the university, said Hans Rhynhart, UConn’s deputy police chief.
The criminal charges against Gatti remain pending. He is due in Rockville Superior Court on Nov. 3.
Gatti previously was a student at the University of Massachusetts and was arrested twice last year on disorderly conduct charges, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. During one of those arrests, he was accused of using a racial slur against a police officer, according to court filings.
Gatti did upload a video on Youtube apologizing for the incident. His father, Vincent Gatti, told the Hartford Courant that his son has acknowledged he did something terribly wrong and is remorseful about it.
“He’s a kid that made a bad mistake,” Vincent Gatti said. “My son was wrong and feels terrible about this.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.