Harvard wasted no time bringing the quote, “for every action there are always consequences…” to life. According to an article published in the Harvard Crimson :
“Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat.”
The group chat (comprised of over 100 students) was created for students to discuss multiple perspectives on familiar topics but, unfortunately, took a turn for the worse. “Some of the messages joked that abusing children was sexually arousing, while others had punchlines directed at specific ethnic or racial groups. One called the hypothetical hanging of a Mexican child ‘piñata time,’” according to the Harvard Crimson.
In an email, the college’s spokesperson, Rachel Dane stated Saturday that “we do not comment publicly on the admissions status of individual applicants.” Most colleges can withdraw an acceptance due to issues such as low grades, falsifying application, and disciplinary issues (violence, cheating and inappropriate web-posting), so basically Harvard reserved the right to with draw these acceptances.
There are some folks who are on the fence about Harvard’s decision. One student had “mixed feelings” and also adding: “on the one hand, I think people can post whatever they want because they have the right to do that.” Freedom of speech is the right to articulate ones opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation but, how far is too far? Tell us your thoughts. Is it right to reject a student, Job applicant for inappropriate social media posting?
Written By: Cynthia Casimir