- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 23, 2019

Kyle Kashuv, a Parkland high school shooting survivor who gained popularity among conservatives for opposing his classmates’ anti-gun efforts, apologized late Thursday for “idiotic comments” he made in the past after classmates accused him of repeatedly using the N-word.

“We were 16-year-olds making idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible,” Mr. Kashuv said in a statement. “I’m embarrassed by it, but I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I’ve become in the years since.”

One former student and one current student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff members were killed by a lone gunman on Feb. 14, 2018, shared with HuffPost text and Skype messages and a shared Google document for a class study guide that allegedly showed Mr. Kashuv repeatedly using the N-word.

“like im really good at typing n—er ok like practice uhhhhhh makes perfect son??!!” Mr. Kashuv allegedly typed into a Google document.

Another Parkland student who spoke to HuffPost and said she had access to Mr. Kashuv’s comments said she threatened to expose him exactly one day before he resigned last week from Turning Point USA as the group’s director of high school outreach. Mr. Kashuv told HuffPost in a text that the slurs surfaced after he resigned.

Mr. Kashuv, 18, issued a statement last week announcing his resignation from the conservative organization, explaining that he was taking a year off between his high school graduation and when he is expected to attend Harvard University so that he can live in D.C. and continue to push for more school safety legislation. That statement made no mention of the alleged slurs.

In his apology Wednesday, Mr. Kashuv admitted that the offensive comments were made “long before the shooting” and that he had grown a tremendous amount since the tragedy.

“I see the world through different eyes and am embarrassed by the petty, flippant kid represented in those screenshots,” he wrote. “I believe those I’ve gotten to know since know that I’m a better person than that.”

The messages allegedly from Mr. Kashuv date to late 2017 or early 2018, just a couple of months before the shooting, HuffPost reported.

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