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A dangerous precedent
Kyle Kashuv, an outspoken conservative and survivor of the Parkland massacre, revealed Monday that Harvard College rescinded his admissions acceptance after the university was pressured to do so when racist comments he made as a younger teenager surfaced.
Kashuv announced in March that Harvard had accepted him into its class of 2023. The decision was no surprise. When he graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on June 2, he was ranked second in his class of more than 800, boasted a weighted GPA of 5.3 and an unweighted GPA of 3.9, and scored super competitive scores on the SAT, the Daily Wire reported.
Then came the firestorm.
In May, an old classmate published remarks that Kashuv, who is now 18, made in a shared Google document when he was 16. The comments included racist epithets like the N-word and anti-Semitic remarks. Kashuv was also accused of making sexist comments, in addition to other racist remarks, in text messages to classmates, HuffPost reported.
Instead of denying the accusations, Kashuv immediately took responsibility for his comments and apologized. He later said he did not want to be defended by supporters but was "looking for a chance to show I'm not the person those comments represent."
Meanwhile, liberals pounced.
Nearly every left-leaning publication wrote stories about Kashuv, while liberal activists called on Harvard to rescind Kashuv's admission. Behind the left's opposition to Kashuv were his conservative views, which he made no effort to hide.
Indeed, the majority of MSD students who gained prominence after the shooting tragedy advocated for gun control. Kashuv, on the other hand, was one of the few who publicly opposed gun control. Instead, Kashuv argued that teachers should be armed and gun-free zones be eliminated, views the left and progressive institutions despise.
Now we know that Harvard was intent on bowing to the pressure.
Kashuv shared on Twitter Monday that on May 24, just days after the firestorm ensued against him, Harvard requested all background information regarding the comments. The university also asked Kashuv for an explanation. He complied, sending Harvard a full explanation of the comments, all requested documents, and another apology.
He even wrote to Harvard's Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeking guidance on engaging minority communities to "understand and learn about the struggle and pain of minority communities in America and worldwide."
But his apology and compliance with Harvard's requests were not enough. On June 3, the university's office for admissions and financial aid informed him it was rescinding his admissions acceptance.
"As you know, the Committee takes seriously the qualifies of maturity and moral character. After careful consideration the Committee voted to rescind your admission to Harvard College," the college wrote. "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."
In response, Kashuv asked Harvard for an in-person meeting to appeal his case. The college denied his request.
How did Kashuv react?
In the end, he said Harvard's decision was emblematic of a larger issue.
What did Harvard say?
The university told TheBlaze it does not publicly comment on the admission status of student applicants.
However, the university also directed TheBlaze to a Washington Post editorial from 2017 that defended Harvard's history of revoking admissions acceptance from students with a history of posting questionable comments online, an act that, in today's digital age, almost no person under the age of 25 did not do.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News