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Body of slain Illinois student may be in landfill, new details from killer’s attorneys suggest

New information given Friday to the family of a University of Illinois student who was kidnapped and murdered in 2017 suggests her body may be in a landfill in the eastern part of the state.

Yingying Zhang, 26, a visiting Chinese scholar, was killed by former grad student Brendt Christensen. Prosecutors say he raped, choked and stabbed Zhang before beating her to death with a bat and decapitating her.

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This undated photo provided by the University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. (Associated Press)

Zhang’s body was never found. Christensen was sentenced to life in prison in June.

Her family was told that new details provided by Christensen’s attorneys led investigators to the “potential site” in Vermilion County near the Indiana border. No other details were given.

Her family has repeatedly asked Christensen to reveal the location of her body so she can be buried in China.

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“If you have any humanity left in your soul, please end our torment,” Zhang’s father, Ronggao Zhang, said after the sentencing. “Please let us bring Yingying home.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Sister, 30, held in slaying of ex-Portland State basketball player, 22; two other family members hurt

A 22-year-old athlete who played basketball and football at Portland State University in Oregon was fatally shot Friday afternoon, allegedly by his 30-year-old sister, who was later taken into police custody.

There was no immediate word on a motive for the crime, which police said happened in a home in northeast Portland. Two women, identified as an aunt and grandmother of the siblings, were wounded but expected to survive, according to authorities.

The death of Deante Strickland, who had recently graduated, was confirmed by the school Friday. Strickland was also a state champion football player in high school, according to OregonLive.com.

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Police say Tamena Strickland is suspected in the shootings and was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, OregonLive reported.

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Tamena Strickland (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

“Everyone is shocked,” Deante’s uncle, Damien Strickland, said. The grandmother was shot nine times, Damien said.

The uncle told OregonLive that Deante left the house after he was shot and asked contractors working across the street to help him.

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He said, “‘My sister shot me … I don’t want to die,’” according to Damien, who said the contractors helped the victim until paramedics arrived.

Portland State said in a statement the school “mourns the tragic loss” of Strickland.

“My heart is broken,” said Valerie Cleary, the university’s athletic director. “Strick was one of the best. He put so much dedication into all he did on and off the court. He truly represented our Viking values and his hometown of Portland. I will never forget his smile.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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‘America’ and ‘American’ potentially offensive words? Maybe not, university decides

Are the words “America” and “American” potentially offensive? Maybe not, a university in Colorado has decided.

According to reports, a draft version of Colorado State University’s “Inclusive Language Guide” included “America” and “American” among words deemed to be non-inclusive.

The argument: Inside the U.S., “America” and “American” typically refer to the United States. But outside the U.S., both terms are also used in reference to other countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

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Colorado State University in Fort Collins. (Google)

The suggested alternative: Refer to an American as a “U.S. citizen” or “person from the U.S.,” the draft said.

Using “America” or “American,” the draft argued, “erases other cultures and depicts the United States as the dominant American country.”

Although the university, based in Fort Collins, ultimately changed its mind, some critics had plenty to say about the draft version of the document.

For example, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took issue with it in an op-ed for The Washington Times this week.

“Instead of spending so much time worrying about ways not to offend anyone, it would be nice if our colleges and universities actually worried about teaching our students,” Walker wrote. “Since 1978, college tuition has gone up 1,125 percent — four times the rate of inflation, while actual time in the classroom by tenured professors teaching undergraduates has gone down.”

“Instead of spending so much time worrying about ways not to offend anyone, it would be nice if our colleges and universities actually worried about teaching our students.”

— Scott Walker, former governor of Wisconsin

In a statement, Colorado State Chancellor Tony Frank stressed that use of the guide is voluntary anyway.

“We consider free speech and the First Amendment the foundations of a great American public university,” he added.

The university said it considers its “Inclusive Language Guide” to be a “living document” and “not an official policy or required practice.”

“This document is intended as a resource to help our campus community reflect our Principles of Community particularly inclusion, respect, and social justice,” the draft said. “The language in the guide may not apply to every individual and it is critical to take personal preference into account. The guide is not about political-correctness or policing grammar, but rather helping communicators practice inclusive language and helping everyone on our campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.”

The final version of the guide suggests avoiding words like “male” and “female” and “Mr.” “Mrs.” or Ms,” saying the words are considered non-inclusive.

“Male and female refers to biological sex and not gender,” the guide says. “In terms of communication methods (articles, social media, etc.), we very rarely need to identify or know a person’s biological sex and more often are referring to gender.”

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In addition, words and terms like “crazy,” “dumb,” “dwarf,” “Eskimo,” “gyp,” “Hispanic,” “illegal immigrant” and “normal person” also were deemed terms to avoid.

The guide also mentions the racist history of seemingly innocuous terms like “cakewalk,” which was apparently a game that slaves were forced to play, and “Eenie meenie miney moe,” which originally used the n-word in the phrase, “Catch a tiger by the toe,” according to the guide.

It also considers the term “straight” to be offensive because it implies that gay people are “‘crooked’ or not normal.”

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White professor sues historically black university for age, race discrimination after 40-year tenure

A white professor at a historically black university in Alabama has filed a federal lawsuit against the school Friday for age and racial discrimination after he claims they have denied him the salary he deserves, despite his tenure.

Marshall Burns, a 73-year-old physics professor at Tuskegee University, alleges the school pays younger employees at least $18,000 to $30,000 more than him, although his professorship spans over four decades.

Burns began his career at Tuskegee University in 1976 as an assistant professor, according to court documents—being promoted to a full-time position in 1980. The physics professor wrote a physics textbook—recognized by the Alabama state legislature, helped found the university’s first physics major, and lobbied for additional university funding.

Burns claims he earns $60,500 a year, despite requesting a raise at least 12 times.

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His alleged salary is at the same pay grade as associate professor salaries, while his 12-page lawsuit says teachers of African and Asian descent are earning more than Burns, who earned his PhD. in 1972.

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Marshall Burns, a 73-year-old physics professor at Tuskegee University. (Tuskegee University)

“I’m not a greedy person,” Burns told the Montgomery Advertiser at a press conference held Tuesday. “I applaud people who are successful. They’ve earned it. I think I’ve earned it, but I haven’t received it. I have tried and tried and tried everything I know.”

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The suit claims “Tuskegee has ungratefully kept [Burns] at an associate level of pay for his entire academic career,” adding that the university has discriminated against the professor because of his age.

Julian McPhillips, Burns’ attorney, believes this was the last resort to obtain the pay he deserves after talking with the university a year ago, according to the station.

Burns announced Tuesday he will not quit his job at Tuskegee University and continue to teach his “exceptional students” despite telling the Daily Beast he’s suffered “financially” and “emotionally”.

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The denial of full-time professor pay, which would have earned him over $400,000, will come second to his love for teaching, as he prepares to teach nine two-hour physics courses in the upcoming fall semester.

“At Tuskegee, I’ve had classes with students who are go-getters and very smart. That’s what gives me enthusiasm to teach.”

Fox News’ Kira Grant contributed to this report.

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Jonathan Butcher: Freedom of speech? Not allowed at politically correct liberal Williams College

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It became known as “The Bloody Morning Scout.”

In 1755, Ephraim Williams Jr., led colonial forces and some 200 Mohawk allies into battle against French and Indian troops near Lake George, New York. But Williams marched into a deadly ambush.

He was killed in the fight, and his troops were driven back, suffering tremendous losses. But history records that those under his command fought bravely and made “a very handsome retreat.”

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Today, the college that bears Williams’ name has been ambushed by its own students, and school officials have beaten a hasty and inglorious retreat.

At Williams College in Massachusetts, biology professor Dr. Luana Maroja wrote online last year that she was concerned about student and administrator attitudes regarding free speech. She gathered more than 100 faculty signatures on a petition calling for the school to adopt what is known as the “Chicago Principles,” a statement in favor of free expression developed by the University of Chicago.

More than 60 schools have endorsed this statement, a welcome response to the disrupted events and other nonsense that have plagued universities around the country.

Some Williams students will have none of it. Maroja says that more than a dozen of them barged into a faculty meeting last November holding signs such as “free speech harms” and saying faculty were trying to “kill” the students.

Some Williams students will have none of it. Maroja says that more than a dozen of them barged into a faculty meeting last November holding signs such as “free speech harms” and saying faculty were trying to “kill” the students.

After that, tensions escalated. The College Fix reports that a professor subsequently “threatened violence” if Williams adopted the Chicago statement. All this, because Maroja dared to promote the idea that Williams should maintain a “climate of mutual respect.”

Williams is a private school, so the First Amendment doesn’t automatically apply to institutional activity there as it does on public college campuses. Still, students should expect that the school would want to promote the civil exchange of ideas.

And when discussions devolve into threats of violence, it’s small wonder that students opt to pursue truth via hysterical rhetoric and physical confrontation rather than through discussion and debate.

If you expected the college administration to stand up for free speech and mutual respect, think again. Earlier this week, Williams’ officials waved a white flag and announced the school will not adopt the Chicago statement but draft “speaker invitation guidelines.”

Turning away from principles protecting free speech adds to suspicions that there is a free speech crisis – or worse – at Williams. Last month, the U.S. Department of Education launched an investigation of the college after its student government denied a pro-Israel student group official status.

As activity on campuses around the U.S. in recent years demonstrates, when individuals cannot express themselves without fear of harm, oppressors will threaten – and commit – harm.

A recent survey of college students found that more than half of respondents say shouting down speakers is “always” or “sometimes” acceptable. Sixteen percent of respondents say it is “always” or “sometimes” acceptable to use violence to stop a speech protest or rally.

These responses are disturbing. Civil society – life in the office, in your neighborhood, at your child’s soccer game – depends on people tolerating those who do not share their beliefs, not trying to silence them through intimidation or violence. The American Dream dies if we live in fear of persecution.

Williams officials should take seriously the threats posed to the next generation of adults that come from limiting the ideas that can be considered on campus. The school should require students to attend sessions on free speech during freshman orientation – and explain that hiding from ideas with which you disagree is a poor strategy for life.

New policies for public universities in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin now serve as examples of how to protect everyone’s freedom of expression in a campus community.

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These policies affirm the idea that anyone should be allowed to protest or demonstrate in public areas as long as they do not prevent others from doing the same. Moreover, they stipulate that their public universities must be prepared to penalize individuals who silence others.

No, Williams is not a public school. Its trustees and administrators have the right to set whatever campus policies they see fit. But considering how quickly the campus “conversation” on free speech escalated from a discussion of mutual respect to threats of violence, Williams’ students and faculty are right to ask: “Will I be threatened when I speak out on campus? And do I want to live in a place like that?”

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Charlie Kirk: Bernie Sanders’ student loan scheme – Temptation is great for kids but plan is just a bribe

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The French writer, theorist, and social commentator Alexis de Tocqueville said of America after visiting in the 19th Century “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” Well, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a member of our bicameral Congress, harkened the end of the days Monday with his promise of student loan forgiveness and free university education.

Sen. Sanders (perhaps we should call him Sen. Spenders), stood outside the Capitol in Washington, proudly accompanied by House members Rep. Ilhan Omar D-Minn., and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and let America know that if he is elected president he intends to forgive the $1.6 trillion in student loan debt currently outstanding and to also make all public universities and community colleges tuition free.

How to pay for this astoundingly expensive proposition? No worries. The senator said he will simply tax Wall Street. Problem solved. After all, nobody likes those guys so why not just take away a few their profits and use them to bribe the American electorate?

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Omar and Jayapal were standing next to Sanders because they each are planning to introduce separate pieces of legislation in the House that when combined would make Sanders’ plan a reality.

Of course, at the moment, a Republican-controlled Senate and President Trump represent a formidable reality check for Sanders and his socialist minions.

We can go all the way back to Cicero and the early days of Imperial Rome to read the warnings about the corrupting effect of politicians making grand promises to the citizenry to redistribute wealth. This one-time $1.6 trillion transaction would likely be the largest single act of wealth transfer in history. The resulting concentration of government power inside of higher education would provide for endless opportunities for graft.

In “president” Sanders’ world, only the wealthy would be able to escape the ocean of educational mediocrity in which average American students would be forced to perform the academic crawl stroke. Private Universities would still be able to offer some form of quality education, while the rest of the American university system would be turned into the Chicago Public Schools.

There is no question that there is a financial crisis in America’s higher education. For decades, the government has been providing the necessary liquidity through easy student loans, which in turn has allowed the universities to raise tuition without consequence. The problem has become particularly acute since the government took over the entirety of student lending with a rider to the Affordable Care Act (this to the chagrin of Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., when she recently discovered at a Congressional Hearing that nobody told her about it).

The solution to student loan debt, high college tuition costs, and the issuance of bachelor’s degrees that translate into no employable skill does not lie in Sanders’ “books & butter” proposal. A fundamentally new approach is needed like the one outlined in the president’s proposed Reforms to the Higher Education Act. The system is completely broken and needs an overhaul, not a transfer of wealth from one group of citizens to another.

If “crazy Bernie” did get his way, it would complete the government’s nationalization of the higher education system. Does anyone truly believe that the future American student, your son or daughter, would benefit from an education completely controlled by a leviathan state?

The temptation is great. If you are a recent college graduate with the average student loan debt of just over $37,000 how can you not support the proposal of Sanders, Omar, Jayapal, and other corrupt politicians? It would be such a relief for you. It would make your life easier.

For now.

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For America, this is the moment for citizens to decide if they are willing to make the Faustian bargain. Ironically, In Goethe’s masterpiece Faust wanted to trade his soul to the devil for access to unlimited knowledge. This deal with the devil will actually have the perverse impact of limited knowledge in the long term. That said, 2020 has a myriad of Democrat candidates making various attempts to bribe the public with the public’s money. You certainly have the choice, more than ever before, to enjoy an immediate financial high at the expense of someone else.

The comedown from that high could quite likely lead to the end of the American Republic.

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Sanders to propose eliminating all $1.6T of student debt in US: report

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Bernie Sanders, the 2020 hopeful, is set to announce on Monday a policy proposal that would eliminate all $1.6 trillion of American student debt, according to a report.

The Democratic presidential candidate’s new proposal calls for the federal government to wipe clean the student debt held by 45 million Americans, including all private and graduate school debt, The Washington Post reported. The proposal package also includes making public universities, community colleges and trade schools tuition-free.

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Sanders reportedly plans to pay for the lofty proposal with a tax on Wall Street, which his campaign says will generate more than $2 trillion over 10 years. The tax would focus on financial transactions, the report said, such as a 0.5 percent tax on stock transactions and a 0.1 percent tax on bonds.

Sanders on Monday will join Rep. Ilhan Omar, who will introduce legislation in the House to eliminate all student debt in the United States. They will be joined by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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“This is truly a revolutionary proposal,” said Sanders said in a statement, according to the Post. “In a generation hard hit by the Wall Street crash of 2008, it forgives all student debt and ends the absurdity of sentencing an entire generation to a lifetime of debt for the ‘crime’ of getting a college education.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, another 2020 hopeful, announced in April a plan to cancel existing student loan debt for millions of Americans. Under Warren’s plan, each person’s student debt would get a relief of $50,000 if household income is up to $100,000. Higher incomes would also be entitled to massive debt reductions, while only those households with earnings of over $250,000 would get no student debt reduction.

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“For example, a person with household income of $130,000 gets $40,000 in cancellation [of student debt], while a person with household income of $160,000 gets $30,000 in cancellation,” Warren in a blog post at the time.

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Historic Catholic marker deemed ‘racist symbol’ removed by University of California Santa Cruz

A university in California removed a historical symbol from its campus Friday in an effort to be “more inclusive” after a years-long campaign by Native American community members argued the marker highlighted a period of racism in the state.

The El Camino Real Bell was removed from the University of California Santa Cruz after administrators had several discussions with members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and other community members who felt that the bell marker glorified a period of time when Spanish missionaries dehumanized their ancestors and culture and enslaved those who converted to Christianity.

Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services Sarah Latham said the school moved forward with the removal “in support of efforts to be more inclusive.”

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The cast-iron bell, named after the route connecting 21 Franciscan missions, was one of hundreds of displays placed across highways in California in 1906 as a way to honor the state’s “Hispanic past” and “expand tourism,” UCSC said in a press release.

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A detailed view of graffiti on an El Camino Real bell marker located at UC Santa Cruz is shown before being officially removed on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Santa Cruz, Calif. (AP Photo/Cody Glenn)

“The bell marker, which memorializes the California Missions and an imagined route of travel that once connected them, is viewed by the Amah Mutsun and many other California indigenous people as a racist symbol that glorifies the domination and dehumanization of their ancestors,” the release continued.

Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Valentine Lopez called the bells a “painful” reminder that “celebrate the destruction, domination and erasure of our people.”

“It is shameful that these places where our ancestors were enslaved, whipped, raped, tortured and exposed to fatal diseases have been whitewashed and converted into tourist attractions.”

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David Jessen, left, and Mitch Smith, both UC Santa Cruz employees, officially remove an El Camino Real bell marker from campus during a ceremony on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Santa Cruz, Calif. (AP Photo/Cody Glenn)

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The university hasn’t decided on the bell’s fate, but the Amah Mutsun have suggested what the school called the only “two acceptable options” for its future: display it in a museum with the proper context or melt it down and “recycle for peaceful purposes.”

The removal comes as college campuses across the country take down symbols deemed racist by some community members.

Earlier this year Notre Dame announced it would cover campus murals depicting Christopher Columbus in “an attempt to tell the story of the native peoples.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Woman suing Harvard over slave portraits gains support of controversial prof’s relatives

A Connecticut woman suing Harvard University for 19th-century images of slaves she says were her ancestors has been backed by descendants of the professor who commissioned the images in a bid to prove blacks were inferior to whites.

On Thursday, 43 of Louis Agassiz’s descendants, several of whom have degrees from Harvard, delivered a letter to university President Lawrence Bacow and the Board of Overseers asking the university to return daguerreotypes of an enslaved African man named Renty, and his daughter, Delia, to plaintiff Tamara Lanier.

The images, which Agassiz commissioned in 1850, are believed to be the earliest known photographs of slaves.

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This copy of a 1850 Daguerreotype shows Renty, a South Carolina slave. (Courtesy of Harvard University/The Norwich Bulletin via AP)

Lanier, who says she is Renty’s great-great-great granddaughter, sued Harvard in March for “wrongful seizure, possession and expropriation” of images. Her suit, filed in the state court, demands that Harvard give back the photos, acknowledge her ancestry and pay unspecified damages. Harvard continues to profit from the images, the suit says.

The letter from Aggasiz’s relatives argued that the Swiss-born biologist’s racist beliefs were used to justify slavery by those who profited from it, the family said.

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Tamara Lanier holds an 1850 photograph of Renty, a South Carolina slave who Lanier claims is her great-great-great grandfather. (John Shishmanian/The Norwich Bulletin via AP)

“For too many years, we have ignored Agassiz’s role in promoting a pseudoscientific for white supremacy,” the letter informs. “We see this as a collective failure to live up to our values of anti-racism and compassion. Now is the time to name, acknowledge and redress the harm done by Louis Agassiz.”

Lanier welcomed the support of Agassiz’s family.

“We hope that the lesson of confronting the past head on is one that Harvard can learn from Papa Renty,” she said in a statement.” Slave owners profited from his suffering – it’s time for Harvard to stop doing the same thing to our family.”

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Harvard spokeswoman Rachel Dane said in an email to The Associated Press that Harvard “cannot comment on the subject of ongoing litigation,” but added that Harvard “has and will continue to come to terms with and address its historic connection to slavery.”

The images are currently kept in a special storage room at Harvard’s Peabody Museum due to their fragility.

Fox News’ Francesca Walton and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jesse Watters: Comparing Parkland shooting victim dropped by Harvard to shooter is ‘irresponsible’

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Fox News’ Jesse Watters criticized a critic of Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv who compared the student to the very shooter who killed his classmates. But he defended Harvard’s choice to drop Kashuv, saying the young man must “face the consequences.”

“You don’t kick a kid like that when he’s down. He is an adult and it’s irresponsible for him to smear him that way,” Watters said Wednesday on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” calling MSNBC contributor David Jolly “a joke.”

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Jolly on Tuesday said that social media messages written by Kashuv sounded like ones of a mass shooter, while the teen “deserves a closer look” as to whether the pro-Second Amendment advocate should be able to purchase a firearm.

Kashuv said Monday on Twitter that Harvard rescinded his admission after the recent resurfacing of racist and offensive remarks he described as “offensive,” “idiotic” and “inflammatory.”

The student said he made the comments before the mass shooting — which he says made him a different person, and he apologized Monday in an interview with Fox News’ Ed Henry.

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Watters backed Harvard’s choice not to admit the teen, and said accepting Kashuv does “no good” for the university.

“Harvard can do what it wants. It has no obligation to accept this kid, you can rescind it for any reason,” Watters said.  “He’s a high-profile young man, obviously a very bright man, but I don’t think it does Harvard any good to bring someone who has that inflammatory profile into the community.

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“Sometimes life is about facing the consequences for what you do, and I’m sure he will be successful later in life,” Watters added.

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