Harvard rescinds admissions offers for students who shared vulgar memes
Harvard University rescinded admissions offers for at least 10 students who reportedly exchanged inappropriate memes on Facebook.
According to the Harvard Crimson, the Ivy League school booted incoming members of the class of 2021 after they shared messages mocking rape, the Holocaust and child abuse in a private group called, "Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens."
Reporters for the Crimson have seen the memes shared on the page, but have not shared photos. The paper revealed that one member of the Facebook group allegedly referred to the hanging of a Mexican child as "piñata time."
The students exchanged the memes in a Facebook messaging group that split from a "lighthearted" Facebook chat for recently admitted students.
Students who participated in the private forum received an email from Harvard saying their admission status was under review and they would have to explain themselves to be allowed to start classes at the school in the fall.
"As we understand you were among the members contributing such material to this chat, we are asking that you submit a statement by tomorrow at noon to explain your contributions and actions for discussion with the Admissions Committee," the email reportedly stated.
This isn't the first time Harvard has dealt with controversy surrounding incoming students. Last year, freshmen in the class of 2020 shared offensive jokes about race and feminism in an unofficial GroupMe messaging group for their class, the Crimson reports.
Those students weren't disciplined, but administrators issued a statement condemning their behavior.