by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
A crushing ending has devastated the 13-year-old African-American prodigy child who was accepted into the University of Connecticut for this coming school year. When Autum Ashante’s good news went public, her name buzzed across the internet making her something of a household name for her great accomplishment of being accepted into college at the tender age of 13. Now, unfortunately, the college that accepted her is now taking back their offer.
NYDailyNews.com reports, “Batin Ashante said his daughter, Autum, is ‘devastated’ after university officials called him [Saturday] to ‘rescind’ their offer of acceptance.” Batin said, “They said they now feel she’s not academically ready…That’s B.S.!” On June 16th, a University of Connecticut spokesperson by the name of Richard Veilleaux confirmed that Autum had indeed been accepted to the university. As for these latest developments, NYDailyNews.com reports that “Veilleux did not immediately return calls for comment.”
In the mean time, Batin says that he and his daughter will still move to Connecticut as planned and seek other education opportunities. He says, “I’m her dad and it just bothers me to see her go through this…I’m fed up. They have insulted us and the work that we’ve put in…I’m not sure I want her to be involved with an institution that treats her like that.”
This is a part of Ayvaunn Penn‘s Black And Making It series. She is also a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.