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Michoacán Boy Dreams of Studying at Harvard

Update [June 20, 3:30 a.m.]:

Harvard has reportedly not heard of Luis Roberto. Unclear if local media misreported story or if it’s a hoax. Stay tuned for developments.

Correction [June 21, 12:12 a.m.]:

The story of 10-year-old boy genius attending Harvard in the fall to study quantum physics appears to be another feel good story that went viral before any of the major news outlets — that helped it go viral — took the time to verify it.

On Thursday, officials at Harvard confirmed that Luis Roberto is not attending school there in the fall and that, in fact, they have not received an application for him.

Luis Roberto Sr. released a statement saying that his son is in the process of finishing high school, adding that he hopes Michoacán state officials can help his son realize his dream of studying at Harvard.

As of now, the only part of this story that seems consistent is that Luis Roberto is a very talented 10-year-old attending high school. It’s unclear whether Luis Roberto’s parents or a shoddy reporter is responsible for the misinformation. Apologies for our part in helping spread the story.