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Should Harvard Have Rescinded Kyle Kashuv's Admission?18:12
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Harvard students walk through the Class of 1875 Gate in Harvard Yard. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Harvard students walk through the Class of 1875 Gate in Harvard Yard. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Kyle Kashuv survived the terrible high school shooting in Parkland, Florida last year, and in the aftermath turned his experience into conservative activism.

He also got admitted to Harvard. But yesterday he revealed on Twitter that the university has rescinded his admission over racist comments he wrote months before the shooting, when he was 16 years old.

In one comment he used the n-word 11 times, and wrote "kill all the bleeping Jews."

We ask: Did Harvard make the right decision, or should the university have accepted Kashuv's apology? Can and should college students be held accountable for their past behavior?

Guests

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, activist and pastor at the New Roots AME Church in Dorchester. She tweets @RevMariama.

Michael Nietzel, president emeritus of Missouri State University, a clinical psychologist and former policy adviser to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. He wrote about this for Forbes.

This segment aired on June 18, 2019.

Tiziana Dearing Twitter Host, Radio Boston
Tiziana Dearing is the host of Radio Boston.

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Jamie Bologna Twitter Producer/Director, Radio Boston
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