Harvard Takes Back Acceptance for Pro-Gun Rights Stoneman Douglas Student

PARKLAND -- Stoneman Douglas High mass shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv announced on Twitter this morning that his acceptance to Harvard University had been revoked.

18-year-old Kashuv, a gun rights activist, says he thinks the letter was prompted by screenshots of "offensive comments" made by himself and other students two years ago, prior to the shooting that claimed 17 lives.

Kashuv says he apologized after those comments were made public, but his apology led to calls from "former peers and political opponents" for Harvard to rescind his acceptance.

He said on Twitter that "institutions and people can grow" and accused the Ivy League school of a double standard:

"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."

Kashuv says he gave up huge scholarships to go to Harvard, and says he's "exploring all options" at this point.

Kashuv has advocated for arming teachers and getting rid of "gun free school zones." In April, he spoke at a leadership forum sponsored by the National Rifle Association and its lobbying arm.

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