By: Rachel Roberts
Editor’s note: This video is a condensed version of three videos totaling 24 minutes.
The day after the contents of his controversial letter spread across campus, Tyler Molander says he spent hours undergoing a psychological evaluation with two psychologists at the request of the dean of student’s office. While University Mental Health Services cannot comment due to privacy reasons, Molander says his evaluator recommended to the dean that he was not a threat, just a kid with a big heart.
Now, Molander plans to undergo another medical assessment by his pediatrician to determine whether the Lyme disease he suffered from last summer is affecting him psychologically. He hopes that medical clearance will be enough to let him remain a student at UMass Amherst, though if he refuses to withdraw, the University may formally charge him with violating the University’s Solicitation and Posting Policy.
“It was heavily implied that they would have me removed if I didn’t withdraw,” said Molander. “I can tell you that I did go through a five hour psychological analysis and they didn’t find much wrong with me.”
Molander says he spent two days and $250 to print and fold 8,000 copies of the letter. On Sunday, after passing out about half of the letters, Molander went to the police station to verify that he was not breaking any Massachusetts laws.
Read the letter yourself. Check out the video he asked the dean of students to watch during one of their meetings. Read the administration’s response to Tyler’s letter. Look at the petition signed by nearly 700 people to have him reinstated and watch the video to hear Tyler respond to the letter and it’s contents.