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Questions raised over UConn student's past, following viral video

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Luke Vincent Gatti. (YouTube/UConn police photo) Luke Vincent Gatti. (YouTube/UConn police photo)

A 19-year-old UConn student is being called the “Mac and Cheese Kid” on campus after a video of him demanding food at the school cafeteria went viral.

In the video, Luke Gatti was swearing while demanding macaroni and cheese from UConn’s student union workers just before 10 p.m. on Sunday. He was denied service because police said he was drinking alcohol.

“I thought it was pretty crazy. The fact, the way he reacted and stuff and it's a little dramatic at the same time," said student Nick Gomez.

Gatti is seen in the video pushing a manager in the cafeteria, then starts fighting with other students.

Ultimately, Gatti was taken to the ground and was taken out of the cafeteria in handcuffs by police.

Campus police got to the student union two minutes after a 911 call came in, at 9:55 p.m.

“He did lay his hand on another person, which was outrageous over something so simple as mac and cheese, but that's what happens when you're intoxicated I guess," said student Jovanni Michelangelo.

Gatti does have a past of getting into trouble, and some were wondering how he got into UConn in the first place.

He was a student at UMass, and was arrested there at least once.

UConn said they use the "Common Application, which includes questions about prior criminal convictions and disciplinary history at any educational institution previously attended. When an applicant identifies a criminal conviction or prior disciplinary history elsewhere, they are reviewed to a committee."

The privacy law doesn’t allow UConn to share details about whether Gatti admitted to his past or how his application was reviewed.

“When someone like me works so hard to get into a school like this, it's kind of ridiculous that kids like that are coming in here and making a fool of the school, we work hard to be here, we work hard to stay here and that's just not acceptable," Michelangelo said.

Gatti could be facing more charges.

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