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Harvard Withdraws Acceptance Letters After Students Post Offensive Images on Facebook

10 students lost their spots in the class of 2021 after they shared racist and sexist memes.
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At least ten incoming Harvard College students have had their acceptance letters revoked. According to the Crimson, the student newspaper at the Ivy League school, the admissions office rescinded these offers after students posted offensive images on Facebook.

The memes, some of which were sexually explicit and others which featured racist jokes were shared within a private Facebook group allegedly titled “Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens.”

This was not an official communications channel of the school, but rather a student-created offshoot of the Class of 2021 group. In order to gain access to the smaller page, a student reportedly had to post a provocative meme in the larger one.

Per the Crimson, memes in the private group "mocked" the Holocaust and sexual assault.

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 Associated Press, a Harvard spokesperson declined to comment on the matter, but the university makes it clear that offers can be revoked and includes the following statement within the official Class of 2021 Facebook group:

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"As a reminder, Harvard College reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission under various conditions including if an admitted student engages in behavior that brings into question his or her honesty, maturity, or moral character."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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