College-Admissions Cheating Scam
At least 50 individuals were charged in connection with the alleged scheme – some with famous names – including popular actors, wealthy parents, a fashion mogul, corrupt college coaches, bankers, top-tier lawyers, standardized testing officials and even a best-selling author of parenting books who’ve made the headlines for their roles in the college entrance exam scheme called Operation Varsity Blues by the FBI.
In order for parents to get their kids in the best schools, there was lying about ethnicity, phony sports profiles and pictures taken of a student’s face and put it on someone else’s body. The bribery scandal also included students writing answers on a separate sheet of paper then the proctor would bubble in the correct answers on SATs.
A Newport Beach businessman, who owns a college prep company, is the ringleader of the controversy. He orchestrated behind-the-scenes bribes to various people involved in the college admissions process. Social media lit up with disbelief and frustration. "This makes me sick," one person wrote, tagging both actresses who were charged, in her tweet. "I see how hard my kids have worked to get into their preferred colleges. The spots these people have bought, takes away spots for those students who truly deserve it. These parents should be ashamed of themselves." "What a slap in the face for people who are waitlisted, or people who are academically smart but can't afford college," wrote one Instagram user. "Rich privilege truly is a thing. U didn't even have to go to college, u can afford not to." Amber, one of our interns, commented, “It’s not fair. Kids who have the qualifications and have the ability to accomplish great things are being denied the opportunity to go to their dream school because there isn’t room.” Many believe college admissions have long favored the rich at the expense of the poor. Do you agree? Have you or someone you know been denied entrance to a top school because there’s no room? Talk to us about what you think should happen to those involved – including the students. And give us your thoughts on how these bribery scams can be curbed.