“There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy and, I’ll add, there will not be a separate criminal justice system either”
– Andrew Lelling, District of Massachusetts U.S. attorney
A college preparatory business is accused of helping students from affluent families cheat on standardized tests, bribing university staff members, and more. In some cases, they supposedly even photoshopped students into stock sports photos to fabricate athletic records. The implicated parents included two actresses (Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin), numerous CEOs, and a fashion designer.
According to the New York Times, “it was the Justice Department’s largest ever college admissions prosecution, a sprawling investigation that involved 200 agents nationwide and resulted in charges against 50 people in six states.”
Many on twitter suggested the parents be forces to help pay off student loans:
Forgive my student loans and I’ll forget this scandal. Lol— Snack de jure (@Emodemiologist) March 12, 2019
Idea: Everyone charged in this college cheating scandal should be required to pay off random Americans' student loans, based on the amount of money they spent to get their own kid into school.— David Thomas (@DaveThomas5150) March 12, 2019
So if convicted, can all the rich parents involved in this college bribery scheme pay off some student loans for other people's kids?— Christine (@ChristineMRadio) March 12, 2019
Now that’s an idea I can get behind.
Read more about the alleged scandal on ABC News.