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Harvard revokes Parkland shooting survivor's acceptance over racial slurs

Parkland teen's acceptance to Harvard revoked after his racist texts went viral. He's pissed Twitter
Patty Aguilar | 18 June, 2019, 04:24

'Three months after being admitted to Harvard Class of 2023, Harvard has chose to rescind my admission over texts and comments made almost two years ago, months prior to the shooting.

Harvard University made that crystal clear by rescinding the admission of a Parkland Shooting survivor for racist comments he made when he was 16, despite the fact the teen now insists he's a different person.

In a thirteen-tweet thread, Kashuv says he made the comments "to be as extreme and shocking as possible" and recently issued an apology.

"We do not comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants", she said in an e-mail.

Kashuv broke the news of Harvard's decision to revoke his offer of admission on Monday in a Twitter thread where he lays out his conversations with Harvard's Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

On Twitter, Kashuv also notes that Harvard's decision to revoke his admission represents hypocrisy given that Harvard's faculty "included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and antisemites", asking why, if Harvard recognizes that it has left its racist past, it can not recognize that he has done the same. He's been outspoken about his support for gun ownership while his classmates have called for more laws to be implemented in the wake of the February 2018 shooting, in which 17 people died.

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At one point during the interview Kashuv Brough up Harvard's history comparing himself to the university, saying they have founded by slave owners and because they had a dark history that didn't mean the institution was "irredeemable". "I also feel I am no longer the same person, especially in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting and all that transpired since".

According to Huffington Post, Parkland students shared a Google document, texts, and Skype messages where Kashuv wrote racial slurs and racist comments dating from late 2017 and early 2018.

Kashuv, now 18 and a senior at Stoneman Douglas, posted a thread on Twitter on Monday showing letters from the Ivy League institution and announcing he was figuring out what to do next. Kashuv posted a copy of the letter, which read "Harvard reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under various conditions, including 'if you engage or have engaged in behavior that brings into question your honesty, maturity or moral character'". "However, I do not think it was right for them to rescind his offer of admissions because of comments he made while he was 16".

The 18-year-old then posted the letter he received from Harvard, where the university explained that the admissions committee voted to rescind his admission. "If any institution should understand growth, it's Harvard, which is looked to as the pinnacle of higher education despite its checkered past", Kashuv said on Twitter.

The cover page of Kashuv's Twitter account shows him seated in the Oval Office, seated across the desk from President Trump and next to first lady Melania Trump.

The teen, who said he's now "exploring all options at the moment", noted that sharing his story is "about whether we live in a society in which forgiveness is possible or mistakes brand you as irredeemable, as Harvard has decided for me". "So what now? I'm figuring it out". I had given up huge scholarships in order to go to Harvard, and the deadline for accepting other college offers has ended. "I'm exploring all options at the moment", he wrote.

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