Offensive Speech

Parkland Shooting Survivor Lost Spot at Harvard Due to Earlier Racist Remarks

Kyle Kashuv
Kyle Kashuv addresses the 148th National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Kyle Kashuv, a Parkland School shooting survivor who stood out from his peers due to his gun support stance, was denied admission to Harvard after the university discovered a litany of racist remarks he made when he was 16 years old.

In May, a former classmate released video screen shots of a Google Doc Kashuv and other students shared, showing Kashuv using a racial slur for African Americans more than a dozen times.

The classmate also released a screen shot of a text message written by Kashuv that shows him using the same racial slur about black student athletes.

As a private university, Harvard has the right to make judgment calls about students’ behavior when deciding whether to admit someone.  The university reserves the right to withdraw an offer for a variety to reasons, including if a student “engages or has engaged in behavior that brings into question their honesty, maturity or moral character.”

The now 18-year old Kashuv has apologized for his earlier actions, saying that it was a late night attempt by him and his fellow students trying to outdo each other with outrageous remarks.

“My intent was never to hurt anyone,” Kashuv wrote in a letter to the college that he posted on Twitter. “I also feel I am no longer the same person, especially in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting and all that has transpired since.”

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