Teen Who Got Into 20 Schools Wants Apology From TV Anchor

Michael Brown's mom says Holly Morris hasn't said sorry for calling applications 'obnoxious'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2018 7:44 AM CDT

Amid the overwhelmingly positive reactions to Micheal Brown's college feat—the Houston teen has gotten full rides to 20 top schools—came an unwelcome one: An anchor and contributor on Fox 5 in Washington, DC, branded his decision to apply to so many schools as "a little ridiculous" and "a little obnoxious," and Brown wants a public apology. He tweeted last week, "This morning, I had a respectful Skype interview with @HollyLiveFox5DC, though I did not get an apology during the interview. I won't allow the interview to air until @fox5dc provides me with a public apology. Where's the #humandecency?"

He's apparently still waiting. USA Today spoke with Brown's mother, Berthinia Rutledge-Brown, who says the station didn't offer an apology. Ditto co-anchor Holly Morris, who commented that "you can only take one full ride and you are taking a spot from someone else who worked really hard." Rutledge-Brown says that instead of saying sorry, Morris told her son, "I didn't mean to offend you." Contributor Sarah Fraser, who called Brown's move "a little ridiculous," tweeted over the weekend that she had apologized and Brown "accepted my apology. Michaels [sic] accomplishments aren’t up for debate. I have learned a valuable lesson." Rutledge-Brown says her son has narrowed his options down to four: Georgetown, Stanford, Harvard, and Yale. He'll reveal which one he chose on April 30. (Read more apology stories.)

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