Harvard Rescinds Acceptance Of Parkland Survivor Over Past Racist Comments
By Bill Galluccio
June 17, 2019
Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment, announced that Harvard rescinded his acceptance because he used racial slurs when he was 16 years old.
The comments came to light in May after one of his classmates sent HuffPost a Google Doc in which Kashuv used the n-word repeatedly. Another student sent screenshots of text messages in which he also used racial slurs. Kashuv issued an apology for his actions.
After news of his past comments went viral, Harvard decided to reexamine his application and sent him a letter telling him that they decided to rescind his acceptance. Kashuv attempted to appeal the decision and asked for an in-person meeting with school officials. They denied his request and told him they would not change their decision.
Kashuv detailed what happened in a series of 13 tweets. In one tweet, he blasted the school for "deciding that someone can't grow, especially after a life-altering event like the shooting," and pointed Harvard's past history of racism in another.
"Harvard deciding that someone can't grow, especially after a life-altering event like the shooting, is deeply concerning. If any institution should understand growth, it's Harvard, which is looked to as the pinnacle of higher education despite its checkered past."
Kashuv wrote that he turned down scholarships from other schools to attend Harvard and is currently trying to decide what he plans to do next.
1/ THREAD: Harvard rescinded my acceptance.— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019
Three months after being admitted to Harvard Class of 2023, Harvard has decided to rescind my admission over texts and comments made nearly two years ago, months prior to the shooting.
I have some thoughts. Here’s what happened.
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