06.18.2019

Parkland school shooting survivor loses admission to Harvard after racist comments surface

Parkland school shooting survivor loses admission to Harvard after racist comments surface (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

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Kashuv posted a subsequent letter from Fitzsimmons, saying his admission had been withdrawn. 

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