University attorney requests Currie letter be removed, claims it was stolen

By Joshua Kinder

Kansas State has asked The Mercury to take down a photo of a confidential letter concerning Leticia Romero from its website.

University attorney Pete Paukstelis on Thursday asked for the removal and destruction of the photo it obtained Wednesday showing a confidential communication from KSU athletic director John Currie to appeals committee leader and vice president of student life Pat Bosco.

In the letter, Currie asked Bosco to reconsider Romero’s denial for a release and for the committee to reconvene.

Paukstelis also requested the photo be removed from this reporter’s Twitter account, writing that K-State believes “this letter is a confidential student record subject to protection under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

The request went on to say, “We believe that this letter was obtained through criminal means, and have reported the incident to KSU Police.”

After consulting with The Mercury’s legal counsel, however, the newspaper decided not to remove the photo from its website, nor from the Twitter account, as the photo was obtained legally from Romero’s attorney, Donald Jackson of the Sports Group in Montgomery, Ala.

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