A Parkland high school shooting survivor says his admission to Harvard University was rescinded after screenshots of old racist and anti-Semitic comments resurfaced last month.
According to MSN, Kyle Kashuv stated on Twitter that he lost the opportunity to attend Harvard because of screenshots containing racist and anti-Semitic commentary were sent to the Huffington Post last month. He says the university is wrong for taking back his admission because he was 16 when he posted the tweets.
“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.”
Some of the screenshots contained Kashuv making racist comments on Skype, text messages, and a Google document. The content shows Kashuv repeatedly using the N-word and “Kill all the F***ING JEWS. F*** THE JEWS.”
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Kashuv apologized on Twitter and stated he’s embarrassed by the situation and that the comments are not a reflection of who he is today.
“I’m embarrassed by it, but I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I’ve become in the years since.”
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He sent an apology email to Havard and it’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. But the university said in response to the comments that his admission will be rescinded.
“As you know, the Admissions Committee takes seriously the qualities of maturity and moral character. After careful consideration, the Committee voted to rescind your admission to Harvard College.”
Kashuv says he is currently looking at other options since the deadline for college admissions have passed.
“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,”