A scandal of unimaginable proportions made headlines last week. Parents were paying, in some cases, millions of dollars to get their children into college.
“Make no mistake, this is not a case where parents were acting in the best interests of their children,”said Joseph Bonavolonta, Special Agent in charge of the Boston Field Office. “This is a case where they flaunted their wealth, sparing no expense, to cheat the system so they could set their children up for success with the best education money could buy- literally.”
50 people have been charged in this case. Among them are actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman and they didn’t hold back at all in order to get what they wanted for their children.
“First, cheating on college entrance exams being the SAT and the ACT and second securing admission to elite colleges, by bribing coaches at those schools to accept certain students under false pretenses,” said Andrew Lelling, United States Attorney of Massachusetts.
ASMSU President, Katharine Rifiotis, was shocked when the scandal broke, but not surprised.
“It’s about being able to get ahead in your getting your education and learning skills that you wouldn’t otherwise learn, but instead what this scandal shows is that to a large extent they have not been about that,” said Rifiotis.
This scandal is the hardest for the students who got rejected from the universities that participated.
“The real victims in this care are the hard-working students who did everything they could to set themselves up for success in the college admissions process, but ended up being shut out,” said Bonavolonta.
The future of the children whose parents participated in the scandal has yet to be determined.