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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv said that Harvard has rescinded his admission after racist comments he made when he was 16, months before the shooting, resurfaced.
Kashuv, one of the survivors of the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, gained notoriety for his anti-gun control stance.
Kashuv announced the school’s decision on Twitter Monday. He posted letters from Harvard, one of which said they had become aware of the allegations and reserve “the right to withdraw an offer of admission.” He was asked to send a written explanation.
According to Kashuv, Harvard voted to rescind his acceptance after reading his explanation and the school declined to give him an in-person meeting.
After being made aware of the comments resurfacing a few weeks ago, Kashuv said he issued an apology.
“After I issued this apology, speculative articles were written, my peers used the opportunity to attack me, and my life was once again reduced to a headline,” Kashuv wrote in a tweet. “It sent me into one of the darkest spirals of my life.”
Kashuv criticized Harvard for their decision on Monday.
“Throughout its history, Harvard’s faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and anti-Semites. If Harvard is suggesting that growing isn’t possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution. But I don’t believe that,” Kashuv wrote. “I believe that institutions and people can grow. I’ve said that repeatedly.”