David Hogg, other activists invited to attend NMSU
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (CBS4) —
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KFOX14) — New Mexico State University is showing an interest David Hogg and other activist leaders from the high school in Parkland, Florida, that was the scene of a mass shooting.
Student David Hogg told TMX he was rejected by four universities in California.
The dean of the Honors College at NMSU, Miriam Chaiken, said she will accept Hogg and other Parkland student activists. In a letter, Chaiken thanked Hogg and his fellow students from Parkland for the wonderful work they are doing.
“I wrote to his administrators saying with a 4.2 GPA he would be accepted at New Mexico State University and he would be welcomed in our honors college and we thought we had some great opportunities to offer,” said Chaiken.
Students at NMSU say they’re support the university expressing their interest in Hogg solely on his GPA status but not for his political views.
“I think having a high high school GPA is really important and you can tell that he worked really hard for it. So I think it’s good NMSU recognizes his hard work in high school,” NMSU student Kameron Lozano said.
Hogg has become a powerful voice for gun control after the attack at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland left 17 people dead in mid-February.
NMSU is not the only university to reach out to Hogg.
Fox News personality Laura Ingraham drew backlash when she tweeted that Hogg had been rejected by four colleges to which he had applied "and whines about it." She later apologized and said Hogg should be proud of his grades.