Kyle Kashuv’s Harvard Admission Rescinded Over Racist Remarks From 2 Years Ago

"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."
June 17, 2019 Updated: June 17, 2019

On June 3, Harvard officially withdrew Kyle Kashuv’s admission to the school on the grounds of “behavior that brings into question your honesty, maturity, or moral character.”

The decision came in response to the surfacing of racist comments Kashuv had made—via text and google doc—to friends and classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida when he was 16 years old, reported the Daily Wire.

After the emergence of the comments and texts, Kashuv issued a public apology referring to his earlier remarks as “idiotic,” and attempted to make clear that he is a different person now compared to who he was when he made the comments two years ago.

The apology sparked a backlash of criticism and complaints, from both the media and from peers who oppose him politically. A page was set up, targeting Kashuv’s admittance into Harvard.

On May 24, Kashuv received a letter from the Dean of Admissions at Harvard, alerting him to their awareness of the recent controversy and requesting he send a written explanation of his actions.

Kashuv responded with a letter of apology explaining his actions, and also contacted the office of diversity at Harvard to profess his willingness and commitment to resolving the issue.

Harvard later responded with the decision to rescind Kashuv’s admittance.

Kashuv, a survivor of the Parkland shooting—an incident that took place at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, where former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire killing 17 students and staff members as well injuring 17 others—tried appealing Harvard’s decision, but to no avail.

Kashuv recently posted a Twitter thread outlining his apology and the exchange with Harvard that followed.

One of the tweets read: “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.”

Another read: “I believe that institutions and people can grow. I’ve said that repeatedly. In the end, this isn’t about me, it’s 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 ended the thread by saying “I had given up huge scholarships in order to go to Harvard, and the deadline for accepting other college offers has ended. I’m exploring all options at the moment.”

Prior to his initial admittance into Harvard, Kashuv reportedly scored 1550 on his SATs, ranked second in his class, had a GPA of 5.345, and an unweighted GPA of 3.9. He is also said to have helped establish school safety measures to protect other high school students.