Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of last year’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl, is making headlines, but this time, it’s not for his activism for pro-gun laws.
Kashuv recently revealed on Twitter that his acceptance into the Harvard Class of 2023 had been rescinded, just three months after being accepted. This comes after Harvard received news of racist remarks Kashuv made two years ago when he was 16.
According to The Daily Beast, a screenshot claimed to show Kashuv writing the n-word more than a dozen times in a shared study guide on Google Docs. “like im really good at typing n—er ok like practice uhhhhhh makes perfect son??!,” Kashuv allegedly wrote, later using the same slur repeatedly in capital letters.
Kashuv also reportedly referred to black student-athletes as “n—erjocks” in one text message.
In the midst of his apology, Kashuv slammed Harvard, saying, “Throughout its history, Harvard’s faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots, and antisemites,” he added. “If Harvard is suggesting that growth isn’t possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution. But I don’t believe that.”
1/ THREAD: Harvard rescinded my acceptance.
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.
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019
As for the fate of Kashuv collegiate career—on Monday, Kashuv said that he doesn’t know where he will go to college now, adding that he turned down “huge scholarships” at other schools in favor of the Ivy League titan.
Meanwhile, William R. Fitzsimmons, the dean of admissions and financial aid, cited “maturity and moral character” in informing Mr. Kashuv of the rescinded admission offer.
While many defended Kashuv, others felt Harvard’s decision was justified. What are your thoughts?