A teenage boy who gained admission earlier this year to study at Harvard university has lost his admission after a racist comment he made when he was 16 surfaced.
Kyle Kashuv, who is one of the survivors of the 2018 Parkland High school shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead, made some racist comments in a shared Google Doc and text messages few months before the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Kashuv apologized for the comments and said he didn’t remember them until they spread online.
“We were 16-year-olds making idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible,” Kashuv, now 18 wrote in his May 22 apology. “I’m embarrassed by it.”
Prior to the admissions offer withdrawal, Kashuv received a letter from Harvard demanding an explanation for the comments. Kashuv was told in the letter that the school reserves the right to withdraw offers of admission for behavior that calls into question an applicant’s “honesty, maturity or moral character.”
Kashuv replied the letter stating that he “unequivocally” apologizes and that the remarks don’t represent the person he is today. “I take responsibility for the idiotic and hurtful things I wrote two years ago,” he wrote in a letter. “I made absolutely no excuse for those comments.”
On June 3, Kashuv received a response from Harvard’s admissions dean. He thanked Kashuv for his candor but said the school’s admissions committee, which makes the final call on applications, had voted to withdraw his offer.
“The committee takes seriously the qualities of maturity and moral character,” William Fitzsimmons wrote in a letter that Kashuv shared online Monday. “We are sorry about the circumstances that have led us to withdraw your admission, and we wish you success in your future academic endeavors and beyond.”
See the racist comments
Kyle’s classmates had accused him of repeatedly using the N-word.
Another racist comment
After his admission was revoked, Kyle took to Twitter to explain his previous remarks.
See his tweets below.