Publicado: Mar, Junio 18, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Parkland survivor says Harvard revoked his admission over racist remarks

Parkland survivor says Harvard revoked his admission over racist remarks

"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", Kashuv tweeted Monday.

Kyle Kashuv, who survived the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., quickly became known as an advocate for school security.

According to the student Kyle Kashuv's Twitter thread, Kashuv was contacted by Harvard admissions in late May asking for an explanation of screenshots that had surfaced online that showed him using the n-word and other "idiotic comments."

Kyle Kashuv, 18, admitted on Twitter that Harvard rescinded his admission because of "texts and comments" he made when he was 16.

On Monday, Kashuv said his acceptance to the Harvard Class of 2023 had been rescinded over the circulated comments.

Kashuv's pro-gun stances also earned him attention in 2018, when, not long after the Parkland mass shooting that killed 17, he livestreamed a conversation with conservative commentators who were strong backers of the Second Amendment.

"Harvard deciding that someone can't grow, especially after a life-altering event like the shooting, is deeply concerning", he posted in a thread to his 300,000 Twitter followers.

"I immediately apologized", Kashuv wrote, claiming that "former peers & political opponents" had then pressured Harvard to rescind its offer.

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In 2017, at least 10 prospective students had their admissions offers rescinded, and the Harvard Crimson reported that those students had traded explicit and racially offensive messages in a private Facebook group. "As you know the Committee takes seriously the qualities of maturity and moral character". Around the same time Kashuv's comments were unearthed in May, the Harvard Lampoon ran an image of Holocaust victim Anne Frank in a bikini which was widely panned as anti-Semitic and even condemned by the New England regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.

In an ironic twist, he said the school's Office of Diversity Education & Support responded to his apology the next day, saying it appreciated his "thoughtful reflections" and looked forward to connecting with him "upon your matriculation in the fall of 2020".

Kashuv says he then requested an in-person meeting to "make my case face to face and work towards any possible path of reconciliation".

11/ Throughout its history, Harvard's faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and antisemites.

'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", he said. "I don't think he was trying to hide it or anything, I don't think he was scared, I think he fell into that Discord, gamer guy that says those vulgar things".

'In the end, this isn't about me, it's about whether we live in a society in which forgiveness is possible or mistakes brand you as irredeemable, as Harvard has decided for me'.

In his final Twitter post Monday morning, Kashuv said he's still trying to figure out his next steps.

Kashuv said he had passed on "huge scholarships in order to go to Harvard" and is unsure what he's going to do in the future, as "the deadline for accepting other college offers has ended". "But I'm keeping all my options open".

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