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Parkland Shooting Survivor David Hogg to Attend Harvard, Laura Ingraham Mocked Him Over College Rejections

Parkland shooting survivor and gun control advocate David Hogg will be attending Harvard College next year after he spent most of 2018 rallying for gun control.

On Saturday, 18-year-old Hogg took to Twitter to announce that he had won a place at Harvard, saying he plans to major in political science starting in the fall. “Thank you all for the well wishes, I’ll be attending Harvard in the fall with a planned major in Political Science,” he wrote.

Hogg survived a mass shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, where 17 students and staff members were killed by a former student armed with an AR-15 semi-atuomatic rifle. After the incident, Hogg and nineteen other Marjory survivors formed Never Again MSD, a student-led political action group advocating for stricter gun control laws.

The activist previously suggested he would take a gap year to continue campaigning against gun violence after he became a prominent national voice on the issue. Earlier this month, he told The Guardian that he did not “feel comfortable going to college until we have at least $50m to fund gun violence research annually.”

Hogg’s outspoken activism against gun violence has made him the target of right-wing critics. In March, after he revealed to TMZ that he had been rejected by four colleges in California, Fox News host Laura Ingraham mocked the young activist for whining.

"David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it," Ingraham tweeted. "(Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA... totally predictable given acceptance rates.)"

In response, Hogg tweeted a list of companies that advertise on Fox New’s The Ingraham Angle and called for them end to their association with the show.

Within days, more than a dozen companies pulled advertisements from Ingraham’s show, including Miracle-Ear, Hulu, Nestle, Ruby Tuesday, Jenny Craig and Johnson & Johnson. Ingraham issued an apology to Hogg and praised his GPA shortly after, but the young activist rejected her apology as insincere and called it “an effort to save your advertisers.”

"The apology... was kind of expected, especially after so many of her advertisers dropped out," Hogg said on CNN. "I'm glad to see corporate America standing with me and the other students of Parkland and everybody else. Because when we work together, we can accomplish anything."

Harvard did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s request for comment.

GettyImages-1002964462 Parkland shooting survivor and activist David Hogg attends 'Women's March Los Angeles hosts March For Our Lives LA: Road to Change & the Parkland survivors & activists' at St. Elmo's Village on July 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. On Saturday, Hogg took to Twitter to announce that he will be attending Harvard in the fall. Getty/Emma McIntyre

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