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
A University of Central Florida student, who edited his ex-girlfriend’s apology and letter and shared it on social media, was suspended for cyberbullying.
Nick Lutz blocked his ex-girlfriend’s cell phone number and on social media after she allegedly cheated on him. With no other way to contact him, the unnamed woman wrote an apology letter and tucked it under the windshield wiper of his car.
Understandably feeling betrayed by her infidelity, Lutz picked up a red pen and started grading her paper, taking out mistakes and leaving a commentary on the four-page letter. After the deed was done, the student marked her with 61 out of a 100 and gave her a D minus.
He also wrote, “Long intro short conclusion. Strong hypothesis but nothing to back it up. Details are important.”
“If you want to be believed, back it up with proof. You claim that cheating never occurred but place blame on yourself — then what for?” he asked.
He ended by telling her “revision for half credit will be accepted.”
Then, thinking it was funny, he snapped photos of all four pages and then tweeted them out with the caption, “When your ex writes you an apology letter so you grade it to send it back.”
As of writing this, the tweet has been liked 338,000 times.
Plenty of Twitter users came forward to give their support to Lutz while others pointed out a few mistakes Lutz had missed.
His story also went viral and the young man gave several interviews but in none of them did he mention his girlfriend’s name.
As for the ex, she must not have been feeling that sorry because she filed a complaint against Lutz. The woman went to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office but no charges were filed. She then went to UFC — where she isn’t a student — and filed a grievance.
A few weeks later, Lutz found he had been suspended for his summer and fall semesters for violating the “disruptive conduct” and “harmful behavior” clauses of the student code of conduct.
Lutz attorney, Jacob Stuart, argued it was a violation of his client’s First Amendment rights.
“I think the damaging thing here is how does UCF decide what’s morally harmful?” Stuart said. “There was nothing derogatory about it. It was obvious he was making fun of her, but that’s the beauty of the Constitution.”
Lutz also said his goal was never to expose his ex-girlfriend.
”Looking back at it now, it's probably the craziest thing that will ever happen in my life," he told WFTV.
“My main goal was never to expose her. It was to show the emphasis on the letter,” he added.
That may actually have been his intention because in his numerous interviews, he never once disclosed the woman’s name.
Lucky for Lutz, just days after filing an appeal on July 17, the university decided to reverse his suspension citing “irregularities” that could have affected the outcome of the student’s conduct hearing.
After a very long process, I am pleased to announce that I have won my appeal! All charges against me have been revoked, thank you everyone! pic.twitter.com/FUYKFBo9MK— Nick Lutz (@NickLutz12) July 19, 2017
Michael Gilmer, the director of UCF’s student conduct office, wrote the “charges brought forward in this case were not supported by the original documentation received.”
“Upon review, it appears that the conduct charge on disruptive behavior was improvidently levied,” he stated.
Although the university revoked the charges, officials said there would be a new hearing “if appropriate charges are identified.”
Lutz and his lawyer commended the university for its decision.
Though the student previously said he regretted sharing the letter, he now stands by his decision and has pinned the letter to his Twitter profile.
“This is the right thing to do, and I still feel that way, that there’s nothing wrong with what I did,” Lutz told WFTV. “Once it was posted, everyone’s reaction to it I had no control over. It’s portraying me as somebody that I’m not in the end.”
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