I honestly don’t get the drama of being rejected by Harvard. I was rejected by Harvard but accepted by Yale, Brown, Cornell… If you are really good, somebody will want you.
What is really weird is that Harvard’s acceptance rate is 4%, yet two guys from a school that isn’t an elite prep get accepted in the same year.
It’s also weird that the Parkland kids seem to have no parents around to advise them on the right course of action. Kashuv is doing everything to ensure nobody will ever admit him. If my kid found herself in this situation (and she won’t because a child who thinks it’s ok to use the n-word in any context is an absolute personal end of the world for me), the first thing I’d do is destroy her smartphone.
As David Hogg said in Michael Moore’s movie, “our parents didn’t raise us. Our smartphones did.” So in a difficult moment, Kashuv goes to Twitter and not to a trusted adult. It’s really sad. A caring, involved adult would tell him to stay off social media, avoid drawing attention to the rescinded offer, not apply anywhere for a few years, work, save, mature, read, delete the Twitter account, and in five years or so apply to a good public school. Life is long and it makes no sense to fuck it up at 17 to serve somebody else’s political agenda.
As for Harvard, I’m not a huge fan of their admission policies (see above) but I get why they rescinded the admission. They accepted him and Hogg for PR reasons. If the two boys can bring good PR, why keep them around?
Seventeen is still very, very young. People need their parents at this age. Sadly, Kashuv’s parents seem completely MIA.