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June 17, 2019
Harvard Rescinds Kyle Kashuv's Admission After Old Messages Surface
There's a reason we don't let teenagers vote. There's a reason we require teenagers to obtain their parent or guardian's permission to do... well, basically anything. There's a reason teenagers aren't allowed to rent cars, homes, or well... are teenagers allowed to rent anything? Point being, teenagers are kids. They're not ready to be adults because they're not adults. So unless a teen kills or rapes someone, typically we give the teens a pass for mistakes they make as kids. Kyle Kashuv was accepted to Harvard, but his admission was rescinded after comments Kyle made, as a 16-year-old pre-shooting, were exposed in efforts to harm Kyle. Mission accomplished.
2/ A few weeks ago, I was made aware of egregious and callous comments classmates and I made privately years ago -… https://t.co/20eebmCFyN— Kyle Kashuv (@Kyle Kashuv) 1560776432.0
I need to make an important point before I list the rest of Kyle's thread. This story isn't so much about what Kyle did, said, texted, or laughed at as a 16-year-old. This story isn't about the shooting at Stoneman Douglas. What we have here is an institution of "higher learning" nixing the person they admitted into their school because it was revealed that person they already admitted based on what I have to assume was the potential they saw in him as a student, made a mistake. So we can swap Kyle with a person of your choice.
This is a story of retroactive outrage trying to ruin a person's life. He or she who hasn't said or done stupid stuff, sit in the corner for lying.
4/ After the story broke, former peers & political opponents began contacting Harvard urging them to rescind me. Ha… https://t.co/Vr4GUPqzQv— Kyle Kashuv (@Kyle Kashuv) 1560776434.0
How frightening is that? A 16-year-old's comments made public, not by him, in efforts to tank his college career. Set aside that this is Harvard. Set aside your feelings about college. This student was admitted and wanted to go to this college. He has been denied based on comments he made as a teen. Not his academic achievements. Comments.
8/ Somewhat ironically, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion sent me this response regarding my apology: “Thank… https://t.co/AZEI33GocR— Kyle Kashuv (@Kyle Kashuv) 1560776442.0
Obviously, Kyle tried everything he could to make his case. Which, were it me, would've been as simple as "I was 16. What kind of things did you say as a 16-year-old?" as the people denying Kyle's admission were probably students before texting, social media, and methods of easily recording anyone at any time. Social media absense privilege.
10/ Harvard deciding that someone can’t grow, especially after a life-altering event like the shooting, is deeply c… https://t.co/j6FGY6TedX— Kyle Kashuv (@Kyle Kashuv) 1560776445.0
See, that's a good point. People grow. Teenagers mature. In fact, isn't it true that a person's brain isn't fully developed until they're 25? Pretty sure I read that somewhere.
But here's another good point about Harvard itself:
12/ I believe that institutions and people can grow. I've said that repeatedly. In the end, this isn’t about me,… https://t.co/yqekFnwZs0— Kyle Kashuv (@Kyle Kashuv) 1560776445.0
This is the same Harvard we're talking about: Harvard Upholds Rule Penalizing “All-Male Social Clubs” and Trump Admin Wants to Expose Harvard’s Huge Anti-Asian Bias.
13/ So what now? I’m figuring it out. I had given up huge scholarships in order to go to Harvard, and the deadlin… https://t.co/w2IPq2gJm7— Kyle Kashuv (@Kyle Kashuv) 1560777830.0
Retroactive outrage is a cancer on our culture. We've all made mistakes. Mistakes from our past, we're talking MISTAKES, not murder, rape, arson, grand theft auto, or listing Gigli as your favorite film.
Here's my question: will Harvard rescind other students' admissions if it's revealed other students said racist/stupid things in their high school or junior high times? What about if you posed with black bands on your arms like Nazis? Read Parkland Student Creates Armbands to Advocate for Gun Control.
If Harvard wants only those students with pristine comment-records into their college, perhaps they need to get serious. Demand the text, phone, and social media chat records for ALL students. Let's do it right.