The University of Central Florida wanted to suspend this student for grading his ex's apology letter and then tweeting it
This incident takes sharing your life on the internet to a whole new level. After ending their relationship, Nick Lutz’s ex wrote him an epic apology letter, pouring her heart out and asking for forgiveness. But instead of keeping the letter private and either replying to it or ignoring her, he decided to grade the emotional four-page note — yes, grade it like you would a college essay — and then tweet it out for the world to see.
Lutz included comments like, “If you wanted to be believed, back it up with proof” and “lackadaisical handwriting,” taking shots at his ex’s spelling and grammar, as well as her emotional pleas (which he clearly found lacking; he graded the letter 61/100).
Take a look at the apology letter below — yep, it’s *still* up on Lutz’s Twitter.
Lutz posted the letter back in February, and it quickly went viral. One woman even said that she’d love to date him after reading his commentary on the letter, and the two traded some flirty messages on the tweet’s thread.
But Lutz’s school, the University of Central Florida, didn’t find the letter quite as charming, and officials suspended Lutz for a full semester for violating the school’s code of conduct.
Now, however, the school has reversed its decision after Lutz appealed and sought legal assistance.
In two Facebook posts this week, Lutz shared the news that his case had been dismissed, and that the school would not be bringing any further “student charges” against him.
The school initially indicted Lutz for “disruptive” and “harmful” behavior, which the school defined as bullying. However, in her letter to Lutz, the school’s associate vice president and dean of students, Adrienne Otto Frame, noted that the “substantial emotional distress” experienced by the high school student who wrote the letter (Lutz’s ex) couldn’t be directly correlated with Lutz’s actions, but rather with the “subsequent attention [Lutz’s] posting drew.”
So basically, Lutz got off on a technicality. It wasn’t his tweet that hurt his ex, it was the trolling she experienced as a result of his tweet — which isn’t Lutz’s fault…apparently?
This sure sounds like bullying to us, and we’re really not okay with it.