Harvard Rescinds Parkland Teen's Admission Over N-Word Texts

June 17, 2019

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A survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting won't be attending Harvard this fall after the university rescinded his admission over racist texts. "Three months after being admitted to Harvard Class of 2023, Harvard has decided to rescind my admission over texts and comments made nearly two years ago, months prior to the shooting," Kyle Kashuv tweeted Monday. The Daily Beast reports that last month, a fellow Marjory Stoneman Douglas student tweeted screenshots of the texts. "I'm really good at typing n**ger," he wrote in one message; in another, he called black student athletes “n**gerjocks.” Kashuv also claimed he sent the texts "privately years ago, when I was 16 years old...in an attempt to be as extreme and shocking as possible. I immediately apologized." Kashuv, who took a gap year after graduating from high school in 2018, broke with most of his Parkland cohorts by becoming a staunch pro-gun advocate in the wake of the shooting.