Kyle Kashuv is the Parkland shooting survivor who ended up becoming an outspoken pro-Second Amendment activist. He was recently accepted into Harvard, only for Harvard to rescind his admission after video resurfaced of him making remarks that he, himself, admitted were “offensive,” “inflammatory”, and “idiotic.” He wants people to understand that he was just a kid when these comments were made and has since grown, especially after the shooting.
Kashuv Tweeted the rescindment letter, and talked about how to he tried to “right this wrong” with Harvard, but they refused.
“The Admissions Committee has discussed at length your account of the communications about which we asked, and we appreciated your candor and your expressions or regret for sending them. As you know the Committee takes seriously the qualities of maturity and moral character. After careful consideration the Committee voted to rescind your admission to Harvard College.” the letter read.
After the reports were made that he made racist terms and slurs while he was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Kashuv has publicly apologized for his actions to Harvard.
He wants people to understand that the comments were made “long before the shooting,” and that he was only 16 at the time making “idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible.”
Harvard reached out to Kashuv letting him know they have a right to rescind admission offers but asked for “a full accounting of any such statements you have authored,” as well as a written statement or explanation. After Kashuv responded with a letter in which he took full responsibility for the “hurtful things I wrote two years ago.” Kashuv still got his Harvard admission rescinded.
When he asked for a meeting to address what has happened, Harvard refused.
“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.” Kashuv Tweeted.