Harvard rescinds admission for Parkland survivor

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Published on June 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:11s

Harvard rescinds admission for Parkland survivor

Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the Parkland mass shooting, says Harvard University has rescinded its offer of admission over his past use of racial slurs.

Linda So reports.


Harvard rescinds admission for Parkland survivor

A survivor of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida says Harvard University has rescinded its decision to admit him over racist comments he made months before the massacre.

Kyle Kashuv became the target of online criticism last month after images of a shared study guide were posted on Twitter showing the student using anti-black slurs.

Kashuv posted an apology saying he was embarrassed by the comments he made.

He was16 at the time and says he was trying to be as extreme and shocking as possible.

Kashuv was a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, when a gunman opened fire, killing 17 students and staff.

He became a gun rights advocate after the shooting, distinguishing himself from other Parkland students who have rallied for stricter gun control laws.

Kashuv says he submitted a written apology to Harvard after the school asked him to explain the comments he made.

He says he then received a letter from the admissions dean saying his acceptance had been revoked.

Harvard declined to respond to the matter saying the university does not comment publicly on the admission of individuals applicants.

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