“Our universities may be irrevocably broken,” Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro wrote in response to Harvard University’s decision to rescind its acceptance of Parkland shooting survivor and conservative Kyle Kashuv.
The University said their decision to pull his acceptance stemmed from a recently exposed private group message Kashuv wrote when he was 16 years old.
“On Monday, Parkland survivor and outspoken conservative Kyle Kashuv announced that Harvard University had withdrawn his admission from the school over the revelation of racist, offensive, idiotic posts written on a private Google document with friends when he was sixteen years old,” Shaprio continued, via the Daily Wire. “Never mind that Kashuv apologized publicly for the comments; never mind that his public behavior has evinced no racism whatsoever.”
The private Google document reportedly featured Kashuv repeated use the n-word among other racially-charged verbiage. He apologized extensively once screenshots of the conversation surfaced online.
Kashuv took to Twitter to reveal Harvard’s decision:
Shaprio continued, via the Daily Wire:
As far as his Harvard qualifications, they weren’t based on his activism. Kashuv was ranked second in his class, with a weighted GPA of 5.345 and an unweighted GPA of 3.9; he scored a 1550 on his SATs. But Kashuv’s activism has been impressive nonetheless: he has worked consistently across the aisle to bring about school safety measures to protect other high schoolers, and that his terrible comments were written before the life-changing event the mass shooting at Parkland represented.
Kashuv’s comments were originally surfaced by fellow students who oppose him politically, in an overt attempt to damage him. Kashuv did the right thing and issued an immediate apology.
In a normal world, this would have been enough. Kashuv is 18 years old, and he wrote the comments when he was 16. He didn’t commit a crime; he didn’t espouse his gross views publicly; his behavior since has not mimicked any of the content or attitude of the comments. He also underwent a life-changing trauma — the kind of trauma that has provided an unbreakable shield of protection from the media for all other Parkland survivors.
Read more of Kashuv’s personal responses to Harvard and the outlying controversy here.