Kyle Rittenhouse, who had announced Friday that he would be attending Texas A&M University, took to social media on Monday to declare he has enrolled in a community college.
His post to Twitter came after Texas A&M released a statement after his declaration, saying Rittenhouse was not enrolled at the school for the summer or fall semester.
“He has not been admitted as a student this summer or fall,” Kelly Brown, associate vice president of marketing and communications with Texas A&M, told The Dallas Morning News.
Rittenhouse’s tweet on Monday said he expects to attend Texas A&M in 2023.
“Unfortunately, the end of my high school career was robbed from me. I didn’t have the time other students get to properly prepare for the future,” Rittenhouse wrote. “I look forward to attending Blinn College District this year, a feeder school for Texas A&M. I’m excited to join Texas A&M in 2023!”
Rittenhouse was 17 when he fatally shot two men and injured another during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020. He had faced charges of homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangerment. Rittenhouse said he acted in self-defense and was acquitted of the charges by a jury.
A spokesman for Blinn College District confirmed Rittenhouse has taken steps to attend the school, which describes itself as a “first two-year college in Texas,” that “ranks among the nation’s leaders at transferring students to top four-year universities,” on its website.
“Kyle Rittenhouse has applied but not yet enrolled for any classes,” Richard Bray, director of communications, media relations and marketing for Blinn, told Newsweek in an email.
Bray said the school has an “open enrollment policy.”
“Most students will be accepted and eligible to register for classes once they submit all required admissions documents,” according to the school. Blinn, which was established in 1883, “offers academic transfer, workforce training, and continuing education classes for more than 17,000 students.”
After weeks of insinuating on social media that he was interested in Texas A&M, Rittenhouse announced on The Charlie Kirk Show on Friday that he would be attending the university.
“So I’m going to be going there. It’s going to be awesome,” Rittenhouse told Kirk. “Beautiful campuses, amazing people, amazing food.”
Rittenhouse, who went on trial in November, made a statement at that time that he was enrolled at Arizona State University and taking online classes, according to Fox 7 in Austin, Texas. But ASU officials later said he was no longer enrolled there and explained the situation in a statement.
“Kyle Rittenhouse has not gone through the admissions process with Arizona State University and is not enrolled in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation,” ASU officials told Fox 7. “ASU can confirm that Mr. Rittenhouse enrolled as a non-degree seeking ASU Online student for the session that started Oct. 13, 2021, which allows students access to begin taking classes as they prepare to seek admission into a degree program at the university.”
On Monday, he tweeted a photo of his ASU identification card, saying “Goodbye ASU.”
Newsweek reached out to Rittenhouse for additional information.