Harvard pulls Parkland grad's admission over racist comments

Harvard pulls Parkland grad's admission over racist comments

The Harvard admission offer to a Parkland shooting survivor and pro-gun advocate was rescinded earlier this month following outcry against the student over racist comments he made in a private chat before the massacre.

During that trip to Washington, less than two months after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas - and during the height of the March for Our Lives movement - Kashuv also met with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who assured the student that despite the concerns and lobbying of his high school classmates for gun control, the Second Amendment "won't be touched".

"We do not comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants", spokeswoman Rachael Dane told TPM.

On Monday, Kashuv said his acceptance to the Harvard Class of 2023 had been rescinded over the circulated comments.

Despite the blow, Kashuv has gotten some support from conservative pundit Ben Shapiro, who sparred with numerous commenters arguing that uncovering everything any one has said when they were a teenager and holding it against them is an "insane and cruel" standard, which sets a risky precedent.

Kashuv has built a profile as the conservative alternative to other visible, outspoken members of the #NeverAgain movement - fellow Parkland students David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez and Cameron Kasky.

In Kashuv's Twitter thread, he posted a May 24 letter from Harvard's Fitzsimmons saying the university had become aware "of media reports discussing offensive statements allegedly authored by you".

4/ After the story broke, former peers & political opponents began contacting Harvard urging them to rescind me.

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.

"After careful consideration the committee voted to rescind your admission to Harvard College", Fitzsimmons wrote.

In the letter posted by Kashuv, the university said it reserves the right to withdraw an acceptance "if you engage or have engaged in behavior that brings into question your honesty, maturity, or character".

"Throughout its history, Harvard's faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and [anti-Semites]", he continued.

'If Harvard is suggesting that growth isn't possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution.

He said that he had grown, and thought Harvard was not giving him an opportunity to showcase that growth.

Kashuv says Harvard turned down his request for an in-person meeting, and he's now figuring out his next steps. But I don't believe that, ' he adds.

"I believe that institutions and people can grow". The messages occurred months before the Parkland massacre that left 17 dead and 17 wounded, and which Kashuv said "forced me to mature and grow in an incredibly drastic way". I immediately apologized, ' Kashuv posts, along with a copy of the apology. I had given up huge scholarships in order to go to Harvard, and the deadline for accepting other college offers has ended. In his tweets, Kashuv pointed out the irony of university's apparent message that in contemporary society, certain "mistakes brand you as irredeemable", especially considering the school's own "checkered past". "But I'm keeping all my options open".

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