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Chef Forgives UConn Student for Mac-and-Cheese Outburst

Chef Bill McKay said he still thinks freshman Luke Gatti should be expelled



    Chef Forgives UConn Student for Mac-and-Cheese Outburst
    Amherst Police Department
    Luke Gatti is pictured in this mug shot taken following an arrest in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 2014.

    A food service worker involved in a confrontation with a drunken University of Connecticut student who demanded bacon-jalapeno macaroni and cheese is offering forgiveness.

    The Daily Campus, UConn's student newspaper, published a letter from Union Street Market chef Bill McKay on Thursday.


    McKay wrote that he accepts Luke Gatti's apology but still believes the 19-year-old should be expelled and suggests he join the military.

    McKay is shown on video tackling Gatti after the freshman from Bayville, New York, berated and shoved a manager inside the student union Oct. 4 during a drunken outburst.

    The chef said it's time for the public to stop beating up on Gatti, who is due in court Nov. 3 on charges of breach of peace and criminal trespass.

    Gatti has said he's ashamed of his behavior.

    His status at the university is unclear, but UConn officials said in a statement after the incident "any UConn student found to have violated the provisions of the Student Code may face penalties imposed by the Division of Student Affairs that range from probation to expulsion."