GPA does not stand for “general personality average.”
Harvard University made that crystal clear by rescinding the admission of a Parkland Shooting survivor for racist comments he made when he was 16, despite the fact the teen now insists he’s a different person.
Kyle Kashuv, a conservative activist who opposes the push for gun control by his peers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, revealed on Monday the prestigious university decided to revoke his acceptance status three months after admitting him to the Harvard Class of 2023, due to comments he made “a few years ago” surfacing online.
The senior addressed the comments back in May when they originally came to light. In a statement on Twitter, he said he was “embarrassed by the petty, flippant kid” he was at the time, adding:
“We were 16-year-olds making idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible. I’m embarrassed by it, but I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I’ve become in the years since.”
According to Huffington Post, Parkland students shared a Google document, texts, and Skype messages where Kashuv wrote racial slurs and racist comments dating from late 2017 and early 2018.
“Years since,” eh?
Kashuv, for his part, has since tried to convince Harvard he is no longer that person, but to no avail.
The activist gave his followers an update on his plight in a Twitter thread on Monday, sharing some of his “thoughts” (read: frustrations) over the fact he remains unaccepted by the university over what he claims is not an accurate portrayal of his character.
Stressing the comments were made years before his life was radically changed by the tragic 2018 shooting, he wrote:
“Harvard deciding that someone can’t grow, especially after a life-altering event like the shooting, is deeply concerning. If any institution should understand growth, it’s Harvard, which is looked to as the pinnacle of higher education despite its checkered past.”
He then went on to shade the university for its own history of racism, writing:
“Throughout its history, Harvard’s faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and antisemites. If Harvard is suggesting that growth isn’t possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution. But I don’t believe that.”
Hmmm… not sure if negging is the best approach here…
The teen, who said he’s currently “exploring all options at the moment,” noted that sharing his story is “about whether we live in a society in which forgiveness is possible or mistakes brand you as irredeemable, as Harvard has decided for me.”
Kashuv’s experience sparked a fierce debate on social media. Some argued Harvard had a right to rescind his admission, while others condemned the school for putting too much emphasis on his past comments.
The university is keeping tight lipped about it, with a spokesperson saying Harvard does “not comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants.”
According to a letter from Harvard the teen shared, the institution reserves the right to withdraw an admission offer if a student fails to graduate, shows a drop in their academic performance, an application is found to contain misrepresentations, or if the admitted student “engages or has engaged in behavior that brings into question their honesty, maturity or moral character.”
You know what they say, Kyle: if at first you don’t get into Harvard… try Yale.
Ten incoming freshmen suffered the same fate over similar circumstances in 2017. Harvard withdrew the admissions offers of a batch of prospective students after discovering they exchanged offensive images and messages in a private Facebook group.
What do U think, Perezious readers? Was Harvard wrong to rescind the Parkland survivor’s admission? Read his Twitter thread (below) and sound off in the comments.
2/ 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.
Here is my apology: pic.twitter.com/eI38ziiQE8
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019
[Image via CBS News]