Kyle Kashuv, the Parkland shooting survivor known for his support of gun rights and his stint as Director of High School Outreach for Turning Point USA, has had his acceptance from Harvard University rescinded based on comments he made when he was 16 years old.
Last month, as reported by the Huffington Post, it came out that Kyle had used offensive and racist language in a private Google doc between classmates:
“We were 16-year-olds making idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible,” Kashuv said in a statement posted on Twitter. . . .
In a shared Google doc for a midterm study guide that classmates used for an Advanced Placement U.S. history exam, and that HuffPost was given access to, Kashuv used the N-word multiple times.
Classmates say this was normal behavior for Kyle:
“Everyone knew him as the vulgar kid that says stuff like that, talked that way out loud,” the former student who shared the document with HuffPost said of Kashuv. “He would talk that way to a lot of people. I don’t think he was trying to hid it or anything. I don’t think he was scared, I think he fell into that Discord, gamer guy that says those vulgar things.”
I don’t know. If Kyle was the type to go around saying vulgar, racist things all the time, I think we’d have heard about it before. You know, like when his classmates and the media were coming after him for being on the “wrong side” of the gun control debate after the Parkland shooting last year. That’s not to deny he made stupid, racist comments – but if doing so was his MO, wouldn’t they have used it against him a year ago, rather than wait until now?
Now, Kyle Kashuv’s acceptance to the Harvard University Class of 2023 has been rescinded based on his old comments. Kyle posted a thread of tweets about it this morning:
So far, I think Kyle is handling this in the best way possible: he’s taking responsibility for his words, acknowledging that they were wrong and that he’s grown since then. Isn’t that supposed to be what universities are for – helping people to learn and grow?
That is a little ironic. And a little bit of a slap in the face…
The responses to his thread are all over the board, with a lot of people supporting him, and a lot of people saying he got what he deserved.
Several people have told him to “learn to code.” I thought Twitter considered that harassment?
Personally, I don’t want to live in a world where we’re all judged by our past mistakes. Where things we did two, five, ten years ago come back to haunt us and there’s nothing we can do about it. Kyle hit the nail on the head: this is about whether we live in a society where forgiveness is possible and we can learn from our mistakes or a society where mistakes are irredeemable. I want to live in the former, but the internet is forever and the outrage mob wants to push us into the latter.
I hope Harvard takes another look at this, changes its mind, and restores Kyle’s acceptance.
I also hope that Kyle realizes Harvard is overrated and has basically become a leftist shell that continually caves in the face of public criticism, and decides to continue his education somewhere else.