Parkland shooting survivor and Second Amendment activist Kyle Kashuv apologized for offensive things he said in a high school group chat during an interview with Fox News on Monday.
As IJR previously reported, Kashuv was involved in an offensive chat in high school and was recently exposed, causing him to lose his acceptance into Harvard.
“I’m extremely sorry for it and I wish I could take it back but I can’t,” Kashuv said. “All I can do now is seek to right the wrong. And I know forgiveness isn’t given, It’s earned. I know that the person who wrote those things is not who I am today.”
Host Ed Henry pushed for answers on why Kashuv believed it was okay in any scenario to use anti-Semitic and racist slurs, the conservative activist claimed that people can learn from their mistakes.
“It’s because I matured tremendously. I am no longer am in the friend group where we act immaturely like idiotic children. It’s the fact that I have condemned racism in every opportunity that I can in this public life I didn’t really ask for,” Kashuv said.
He also pointed out that he was still extremely young and had made the mistake before the Parkland shooting.
“I never wanted and never quite frankly wanted to be in the position,” said Kashuv. “I’m not an entertainer, I’m not an actor. I’m a kid who went through a tragedy who saw the suffering that the community went through and doesn’t want to see it for any other community.”
Kashuv also posted a Twitter thread on Monday to explain his side and how he hopes he is not judged by actions he made in high school.
2/ A few weeks ago, I was made aware of egregious and callous comments classmates and I made privately years ago – when I was 16 years old, months before the shooting – in an attempt to be as extreme and shocking as possible.
I immediately apologized.
Here is my apology: pic.twitter.com/eI38ziiQE8
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019
“A few weeks ago, I was made aware of egregious and callous comments classmates and I made privately years ago – when I was 16 years old, months before the shooting – in an attempt to be as extreme and shocking as possible. I immediately apologized,” Kashuv tweeted.
He admitted in the thread that he had given up many different scholarships to go to Harvard and did not have a backup.