College Admissions Scandal Stirs Feelings of Outrage

In recent weeks, more than 50 wealthy individuals have faced scrutiny over allegedly breaking the law to ensure admission to certain colleges for their children.

Parents have taken actions ranging from cheating on standardized tests to bribing college coaches and officials. According to CNN, families have paid up to $75,000 to get a better SAT score for their children.

Several families have also been accused of paying off Division 1 coaches while using fake athletic credentials. Essentially, students got into colleges through sports they did not even play.

This news has led to outrage across the country. A group of parents of kids who were rejected from these schools have even filed a federal lawsuit against the accused families.

Dimond National Honor Society President and graduating Senior Cameron Sheldon shares in this sentiment.

“I do not support that at all,” he said.

“I know I have worked very hard in high school to get good grades, do well in sports, and to be a leader in clubs and Student Government. It’s not fair to me that a person could do none of those things, but their parents can just pay to get them into any school they want,” he said.

Many of the kids involved in this admission scandal have claimed to be ignorant of their parents’ actions. So how would Sheldon react if he found out his parents bribed a school he was applying to?

“I’d be so embarrassed. I probably wouldn’t go to that school. I wouldn’t want to be there if I didn’t earn it,” he said.

Senior Andrew Walch was recently accepted to his top choice of engineering schools, Michigan Tech. Walch said he would also be appalled if he heard his parents cheated on his behalf.

“I would be so mad at my parents. I want to be at a school that actually wants me to be there,” he said.

“These families in the news deserve everything that is coming to them. The kids already have a huge advantage knowing that their parents will be able to pay their full tuition no matter where they go. The least they can do is apply themselves enough to earn their way into the school, but they couldn’t even do that. The parents are not doing them any favors either. The kids are taught that they don’t need to do any work, and their rich parents will always come to their rescue,” he said.

Colony High School Principal Brendon McMahon was also disturbed when he learned of the nationwide college admission scandal.

“Every year I have several kids come to me for letters of recommendation, and these are some of our best students. These kids get good grades and test scores. They do everything right, and many of them still don’t get into their top schools. It’s sad to think they could be losing out to kids whose parents just pay their way in,” he said.

Good students are rejected by top level schools every year. This has been happening long before any cheating scandal.

However, that does not make it any less disheartening for those who are denied admission and get hear about lackluster students with rich parents who are unjustly taking their spots.

For this reason, parents who feel affected by the scandal are demanding over $500 billion in damages from the rich families and universities involved in the scandal.

Prominent families in this lawsuit have pointed to their childrens’ transcripts as evidence of unfairness, with many of them exceeding 4.0 with several hours of community service and club involvement.

Still, these students were rejected admission to some of the same schools that allegedly accepted bribes.