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Employee forgives UConn 'mac & cheese' student in letter to the editor

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Luke Vincent Gatti. (YouTube/UConn police photo) Luke Vincent Gatti. (YouTube/UConn police photo)
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    Luke Vincent Gatti. (YouTube/UConn police photo)Luke Vincent Gatti. (YouTube/UConn police photo)
    Luke Gatti, the University of Connecticut student prominently featured in a viral video where he went on a profanity-laced rant about being denied macaroni and cheese posted an apology video.More >
    Luke Gatti, the University of Connecticut student prominently featured in a viral video where he went on a profanity-laced rant about being denied macaroni and cheese posted an apology video.More >
STORRS, CT (WFSB) -

A market employee shown restraining a University of Connecticut student in a viral video has spoken out about the incident.

Bill McKay wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in the school’s newspaper, The Daily Campus.

In it, he forgave Luke Gatti.

Gatti, 19, went on a rant that became physical with Union Street Market manager Dave Robinson. Robinson confronted Gatti after the student allegedly tried to bring in alcohol.

Gatti, who became upset that he was being denied bacon jalapeno macaroni and cheese, became known over the internet as the “mac & cheese kid.”

“While I can’t speak for Dave, or anyone else at the university, let me be perfectly clear as to where I stand,” McKay wrote. “I forgive Luke Gatti.”

McKay said he wrote that because it was the truth.

“Forgiveness does not mean I believe Gatti shouldn’t be held accountable for his actions,” he said. “He should, and he will. But people need to stop beating him over the head. I find it ironic that just a few weeks after UConn hosted a suicide prevention forum that I’m reading many comments telling Gatti he should kill himself."

McKay went on to write about how his daughter left him a note calling him a hero for helping to subdue Gatti.

“I’m glad I’m her hero, but I’m not a hero,” he wrote. “I did what I did to protect a friend. Cops, for the most part, are heroes. Firefighters are heroes. EMTs, doctors, soldiers, the list goes on: these people are heroes.”

Gatti issued an apology video.

He was charged with breach of peace and criminal trespass for the incident.

To read McKay’s full letter to the editor, click here.

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