David Hogg, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior and a student leader of the #NeverAgain movement against gun violence, was rejected from UC San Diego on Friday.
On Friday, Hogg tweeted, “Just got rejected from another college but that’s ok we’re already changing the world. Goodnight everyone.” Hogg later confirmed that he had been denied admittance to UCSD in response to a tweet suggesting he attend a California college.
Hogg has emerged as one of the leaders of the #NeverAgain movement, appearing on news channels and using social media platforms to speak out against gun violence.
On Feb. 14, 2018, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while injuring several others. Following the shooting, the students of Parkland began the #NeverAgain movement to call for legal reform that could prevent shootings like the Parkland shooting from happening again. They also organized the National #Enough Walkout that occured last week and created the “March For Our Lives” event that will happen this Saturday, March 24.
In response to the protests, several universities issued statements saying that participating in the peaceful demonstrations would not affect a student’s chances of admission. UCSD issued a vaguely supportive statement on Twitter on February 27.
Several members of the UCSD community have shown support of Hogg despite his rejection.
The Class of 2022 was admitted on March 16. Triton Day, the admissions day for new students, will be held on April 14.
Matthew Rom-Toribio is a staff writer at The Triton.