Harvard revokes Parkland shooting
survivor's acceptance over racial slurs
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[June 18, 2019]
(Reuters) - Harvard University has
rescinded its admission offer to a survivor of the 2018 massacre at a
Florida high school over his past use of racial slurs in an online
document posted on Twitter, the student said on Monday.
The student, Kyle Kashuv, was a junior at Stoneman Douglas High School
in Parkland, Florida when a gunman opened fire in February 2018 and
killed 17 students and staff. He became the target of online criticism
last month after images of a shared study guide from more than a year
ago circulated on Twitter, showing he wrote anti-black slurs.
"A few weeks ago, I was made aware of egregious and callous comments
classmates and I made privately years ago - when I was 16 years old,
months before the shooting - in an attempt to be as extreme and shocking
as possible. I immediately apologized," Kashuv wrote on Twitter on
Kashuv said on Twitter that he submitted a written apology to Harvard
after the school contacted him asking him to explain the statements he
made in the Google document. In response, he said, he received a letter
from the admissions dean saying that his acceptance had been revoked.
"The Committee takes seriously the qualities of maturity and moral
character. After careful consideration the Committee voted to rescind
your admission to Harvard College," Harvard Admissions Dean William
Fitzsimmons wrote to Kashuv on June 3, according to a copy of the letter
that Kashuv posted on Twitter.
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Activist Kyle Kashuv addresses the 148th National Rifle Association
(NRA) annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., April 26, 2019.
A representative for Harvard declined to comment on the matter,
citing a policy to not comment publicly on the admission status of
Kashuv, who distinguished himself from other Parkland students as a
gun rights advocate after the school shooting, said on Twitter that
he requested to meet with the admissions committee to discuss the
matter in person, but Harvard denied his request.
(Reporting by Gabriella Borter in New York; Editing by Scott Malone
and Susan Thomas)
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