This is Caleb Diaz, a 23-year-old senior at Southern Oregon University and someone who recently emailed every student at his school. It all started Friday when the university warned students about cougars in the area and to call 911 if they spot one.
"Friday evening, we got the alert about the cougar and my roommate and I kind of looked at each other and were like, 'That seems like an older woman, not an animal,'" Diaz told BuzzFeed News.
He decided to make a joke, and replied to the entire student body, assuming it wouldn't send. "I didn't think that I sent it to the whole school," he said.
But the next morning, he found out that it had sent. "I was like, 'Oh my gosh, oh no.' I had like, a panic attack," he said. "I ran out, grabbed my laptop, and googled 'How to delete email from Gmail that you've sent.'"
People were very impressed, one person said that the action "deserves praise."
Another mom was impressed. "On purpose, right?" she clarified. "He's my hero." She also referred to the student as a "brave soul."
Another person called Diaz a "badass."
Someone else said that this one email created a whole new realm of possibilities. However, the university told BuzzFeed News that messages like Diaz's are typically blocked.
The school, according to Mosley, values jokes. "My only response is that a good sense of humor is valued at SOU and we appreciate a funny joke as much as anyone," he said.
"Hopefully this student's mother will have the same attitude," he added.
Some other people wondered about Diaz's mom too.
Saturday night, Diaz went out to dinner with his parents and told them about the email. "Her first reaction was, 'Oh my god, I'm only three months older than your father,'" the student said of how his mom reacted.
He added that she laughed about it and that her feelings are NOT hurt.
Remy Smidt is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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