David Hogg, the gun control activist and Parkland high school massacre survivor who was razzed by Fox News host Laura Ingraham after being rejected by four colleges, has found the perfect comeback: He’s going to Harvard.
Hogg, a founding member of Never Again MSD, a gun control advocacy group, announced his plans Saturday on Twitter, where he has more than 900,000 followers:
“Thank you all for the well wishes, I’ll be attending Harvard in the fall with a planned major in Political Science,” Hogg tweeted.
Another survivor, Jaclyn Corin, a co-founder of the March For Our Lives movement, said on Twitter last week that she was also accepted at Harvard.
Hogg, 18, rose to prominence with his steely account of the horrific ordeal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a former student killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day. A TV production major and son of a former FBI agent, Hogg coolly taped a real-time video of the incident on his cellphone from inside a classroom as the killer stalked the halls.
In numerous appearances in the media, Hogg took on the National Rifle Association and lashed out at politicians he charged were in the pocket of the gun lobby. He was also one of the main speakers at a huge March for Our Loves rally by young people in Washington in March.
Hogg’s academic travails started one day after the Feb. 14 killings when he got his first college rejection letter, from California State University at Long Beach. He was also turned down by UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine.
“Sure, it’s disappointing and annoying, but not surprising. There are a lot of amazing people who do not get into or go to college,” Hogg, who claimed a 4.2 GPA and 1270 score on the SAT, said at the time. “I wanted to make a difference through storytelling and political activism, but I am already doing that now.”
His expression of disappointment prompted Ingraham, host of “The Ingraham Angle,” to tweet: “David Hogg Rejected by Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it.”
Hogg fired back at the conservative commentator on Twitter, calling for a boycott of her advertisers. More than a dozen companies — including Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual, Office Depot, Expedia, Nestle and Hulu — responded by pulling their ads.
As the backlash grew, Ingraham apologized, again on Twitter, writing “Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA,” including Hogg. “On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland.”