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  • Cheryl

    Often, they just don't realize the consequences of misuse of social media--until it is too late. They may say things they don't necessarily mean, but say them to look cool or trendy with their peers.

  • Birdman

    Purging incoming students for their social media comments is an important part of the on-going effort to ban conservative ideas on campus. To date, campus leftists have relied mostly on self-censorship based on the desire to avoid being labelled a racist, homophobe, sexist, etc. and to dodge a referral to the "bias response team", known in more honest circles as a re-education camp. Nevertheless, mavericks spouting unapproved ideas can undo untold amounts of indoctrination if not policed very closely. Banning them at the earliest opportunity helps maintain ideological order on campus.

  • Mya View

    If this activity truly took place on a "private Facebook" account as stated, the only way the school would know about it is if someone who belonged to the private group printed and shared the information with the school.

  • jknbt

    let's hope that the evildoers will all learn their lessons, and morph into the next generations of Zuckerbergs! Harvard can eat it when they come back for their hon. doctoral degrees!

  • Terrynsv

    "We're all humans. We're all going to make mistakes and make poor choices in our lives, but there are consequences," Beane said. "I'm not sure why we've decided people can say whatever they want, do whatever they want, and there are no consequences for it."
    unless of course they are protesting the current legally elected president, or any conservative speaker on campus, etc etc.

  • Mack Jerome

    The next time a Rapper gets accepted to Harvard and says something racist and just STUPID, the the school can rescind that acceptance, too! Meantime, good for Harvard. We really don't need more racist and stupid people deciding the fate of millions... look at the world now!

  • Bruce Goodmansen

    So, are we to believe that everyone in Harvard's administration and faculty has never thought, or uttered a racist remark?

  • icraftit

    There is something called free speech. It is how people reach the ears of the powerful.

    But then there is something called threatening speech. It threatens the safety of others. Others are also constitutionally protected to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. With the assaults, rapes, dangerous hazing, DUI, etc. that is seen on college campuses (and everywhere else), speech must still be responsible and not libelous. We now have seen in a recent trial that some young people have used free speech and social media to encourage others to even commit suicide.

    To Harvard, I say, it is about time.

  • Paul B

    If you are not smart enough to have an online alias for your ranting and raving, you are not smart enough to go to Harvard.
    NEXT!

  • Yvonne Garrison

    The first amendment protects free speech not the consequences of that speech. Whatever happened to 'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all'. Those kids should have been taught compassion and consequence, luckily the school is doing what the parents should have done.

  • D Turk

    I hope the student didn't take out huge college loans to earn his hospitality management degree at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

  • Ana Banan

    true measure of your character is in the actions you have when you think no one is looking...it's good to know that an elite university maintains standards when parents, society and media do not. also, "facebook" + "private" are contrary concepts. if it's on facebook, it's on the world wide web. that's all folks.

  • whitepine

    They just wanted to avoid having trouble makers on campus.

  • Marmee

    Harvard Admissions did the right thing by rescinding their acceptance. Nobody has the right (or arrogance) to say anything s/he wants. There ARE consequences.

  • Cheryl

    Social media is a big can of worms for everyone -- adults, teens and kids. Even adults have made stupid mistakes on social media. Is it surprising that teens are also making them? And no, these are not yet adults--they are teens! Although it is wrong to post those type of comments, shouldn't the university be working towards teaching those teens the proper use of social media? Yes, there should be consequences, but do the consequences really fit the crime? Wouldn't it be a better lesson if those teens were asked to do some heavy community service, working with Hispanic children or one of the other groups that they maligned? Wouldn't that also help teach them compassion and understanding? Do you think they will feel more compassionate toward the maligned groups because they were expelled?

  • William Hooven

    I would think "Harvard would allow anyone in that meets the Basic qualifications and then try to change their thinking ( Brainwashing)

  • tim canterbury

    It is really unfair for Harvard to do this to really smart kids. now where will Wall Street find the next generation of bankers to fleece the country?

  • Robin Mills

    Something the little angels didn't know. What they post does come back to haunt them. Although they won't change because people have told them there's nothing wrong with expressing your views (and there's not) you do it tastefully. Not only do the colleges see your posts so do those you want to acquire a job from.

  • Fred

    Let's see how many minority students are rejected for the same reason. My guess is it will be a big fat 0!

  • YuriA

    As much as I hate Harvard for being training school for sociopaths, this is the right decision. I doubt though that any of these 10 students have families contributing millions to Harvard endowment fund.

  • BFD

    Politically correct all depends on who is in power.

  • Henry R

    What about the 1st Amendment? It doesn't apply.

  • butterflysandbunnies

    Good! These brats need to learn there are consequences for their stupidity. And the parents did not do a very good job raising their thugs. Harvard did the right thing and kick 10 idiots out! Well done and keep up the good work! You brats don't belong there; go to an on line college or a jc, that's where you belong!

  • CaptainCommonsense

    Yet another reason why you have one FB of sunshines and rainbows for prospective employers and such to read, and another one under a pseudonym (it's not hard to do) that you can be a disgraceful little snot on.

  • E Sverdrup

    I wonder who the better person is; the one that makes a mistake but doesn't really view it that way and keeps on going, or the person who makes the fewest mistakes, or the person who makes a mistake and learns from it? Who would make the better leader? Who would "boldly go where no man has gone before ?" Who is more likely to conceal or lie?

  • Jake

    As a person born before the internet I enjoy watching kids mess up with Facebook.

  • Willie G

    Harvey Mudd deals with a student who engaged in questionable conduct by counseling them...and the student becomes a model citizen and school representative. Harvard makes a social statement by withdrawing offers, leaving these students without a school to attend this year, and a permanent black mark against their record. Both schools recognize inappropriate conduct, but one tries to educate and enlighten the students, the other grand stands at the expense of the students. Seems to me that Harvey Mudd is fulfilling their mission, Harvard is burnishing their image. No doubt these students did wrong, but they are kids goaded on a website to make these statements. I can't help feel that Harvard has not handled this right.

  • Rickinreallife

    They should have run for President
    That kind of social media behaviour gets you kicked out of Harvard, but doesn't disqualify you from being
    elected President

  • Jenna

    If they had posted their foolishness on their own Facebook pages, or some other private corner of the internet, I might actually be on their side somewhat. However, since they posted it on Harvard's own Facebook page, they deserve to be ousted for sheer stupidity.

  • 7iThor

    I have the right to deny entrance to my home based on what I consider inappropriate behavior, and Harvard has the same right. There are consequences to our actions. Too many people think that what they post online can be of a lower caliber decency then what they would actually say in person. Good lesson to learn that your online words carry weight.

  • Rodney Bayburn

    It was a private Harvard Facebook page with warnings about content and that admission could be revoked if postings revealed bad character. Posting racist and grotesque rants about the benefits of child molesting etc is a clear character defect (by Harvard standards anyway). It's a good decision. More schools should have a backbone about this garbage.

  • thelastgabor

    This was education at it's best.
    I think they learned a valuable lesson and should be grateful to Harvard for teaching them one of life's most important lessons...no charge.

  • Michigun1991

    Free thinking is not appreciated at our indoctrination facilities...I mean "universities."

  • Dicazi

    From what I've read about this, it's multiple posts, on a private page that is still marked as Harvard University incoming freshmen.
    It's extremely disturbing and especially since Harvard is a private school and says in its policy that you can be turned down for things like this, they are very right to deny admittance to these people.

  • John Murray

    Private school - therefore they have a right to deny them on just about any grounds. I don't like the a university supposedly dedicated to teaching critical thinking couldn't critically think well enough to come up with an alternative, but that should eb a reflection more on the capability of the people running the place than about free speech.

  • Eagle1000

    Freedom of speech and expression gives us right to abuse others whenever we want and however we want in our own verbal lingo, and we should be protected against any thugs taking action against us

  • Mark Hallen

    I think it's pretty absurd for Harvard to act like college students don't regularly make distasteful jokes. Obviously these memes don't benefit our political discourse, but freedom of speech is not only to protect political speech, but also to keep people's lives from being substantially damaged over trivial things--which is exactly happened here. And although it's just some dumb memes this time, there will definitely be a chilling effect on real political speech. Shame on Harvard for abridging freedom of speech on campus, just to make themselves look good in the eyes of people like Beane who think freedom of speech is not valuable.

  • RobertJohns

    It might sound counter-intuitive, but it's likely that the people who make these kinds of offensive posts are those most in need of education.

  • JustTheOracle

    Do you mean to tell me that a student smart enough to get into Harvard is still ignorant enough to think that what they post online isn't being viewed by college admissions boards and us prospective employers??? As attorneys like to say, "they knew or should have known". These students are now suffering the first taste of being responsible for the consequences of their own actions. Enjoy community college.....