Kyle Kashuv revealed the cancellation Monday in a thread on Twitter, acknowledging that he and his classmates, then aged 16, had "uttered odious racial insults" in digital messages there are almost two years "in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible".
He apologized for his comments and posted a screenshot of what appears to be a letter from Harvard admissions dean, William Fitzsimmons, dated June 3rd, reversing his admission.
"Harvard is deeply concerned about deciding that someone can not grow up, especially after an event that has upset life, like shooting.If an institution understands growth, it's Harvard, considered the pinnacle of higher education despite its jagged past, "Kashuv said on Twitter.
"Throughout its history, the Harvard faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots, and anti-Semites," he added. "If Harvard suggests that growth is not possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is a fundamentally racist institution, but I do not believe it."
A Harvard spokeswoman told CNN on Monday that the university "does not comment publicly on the admission status of individual candidates."
Kashuv is a young conservative who follows
Kashuv has built a profile as a conservative alternative to other visible and outspoken members of the #NeverAgain movement – the other Parkland students, David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez and Cameron Kasky. He has spoken openly about his support for the possession of weapons, while his classmates have called for the implementation of new laws as a result of the February 2018 shooting, during which 17 people died.
Kashuv went to the White House in March 2018 to meet first lady Melania Trump and had a surprise meeting with President Donald Trump.
A few weeks ago, Kashuv said that he realized that "flagrant and insane comments" as well as other classmates "held in private years ago" , were made public.
"I immediately apologized," he said, saying he was "embarrassed" by the comments. He said the comments did not reflect who he was and that "this year has forced me to mature and grow."
"I see the world through different eyes and I am embarrassed by the small casual child depicted" in the screen captures comments, "he added.
Kashuv said the notoriety had led to "speculative articles" and attacks by "former peers and political opponents" urging Harvard to cancel his admission.
Harvard said he read his "offensive statements"
In Kashuv's Twitter feed, he published a May 24 letter from Harvard's Fitzsimmons stating that the university had been informed of "media reports dealing with offensive statements you would have written".
The letter added that "Harvard reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under various conditions, including" if you engage in or behave in a manner that involves your honesty, maturity or morality. "
Kashuv said that in response to a request from the Harvard Admission Committee, he had responded with a "full explanation, apology and requested documents" and had also sent an email to the office of the 39, "School diversity education" to ask him for advice on how to fix this, and work with them once I was on campus.
But the Harvard Admissions Committee still voted to deny him admission, he said.
Ironically, he stated that the school's Diversity Office apologized the following day, saying he appreciated his "thoughtful thoughts" and was eager to communicate with him "when of your registration in the fall of 2020 ".
Kashuv said that he then asked for a face-to-face meeting to plead his case and "work toward any possible path of reconciliation," but Harvard declined his request.
"I think institutions and people can grow, I've said it over and over again, and in the end it's not about me, it's about whether we live in a society which forgiveness is possible or if mistakes qualify you as irrefutable as Harvard. " decided for me, "said Kashuv.
In his latest publication on Twitter Monday morning, Kashuv said that he was still trying to determine his next steps.
"I have dropped huge scholarships to go to Harvard, and the deadline to accept other college offers has expired, and I'm looking at all the options for now."