Harvard Rescinds Admission Offer to Parkland School Shooting Survivor Kyle Kashuv After Past Racist Comments Surface

A survivor of last year’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, wrote on Twitter that Harvard rescinded his admission in connection to racist comments he had made in high school.

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, Kyle Kashuv was an outspoken defender of the Second Amendment.

In recent weeks, it came to light that Kashuv had made racist comments while a student.

In a letter Kashuv posted to Twitter, Harvard’s dean of admissions asserted the university’s right to withdraw its offer of admission. The dean, William Fitzsimmons, wrote that the university had become aware of “media reports discussing offensive statements allegedly authored by you” and requested a record of the statements Kashuv made.

Kashuv complied with the request. He sent a letter to Harvard’s diversity office, saying he regretted making “abhorrent racial slurs.”

Kashuv posted a subsequent letter from Fitzsimmons, saying his admission had been withdrawn.

“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,” Fitzsimmons said in the letter.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Chris Quintana