The College Admissions Scandal

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Anyone can get in with the right amount of hard work, dedication and education, but some people want to take the easy way out.

William Rick Singer: the mastermind behind the college admissions scandals. Image courtesy of Google Images.

William Rick Singer, the CEO of a college prep company, has allegedly helped students cheat on the SAT and ACT and used his connections with the Division 1 coaches to get the students fake athletic credentials. Singer also planned for a third party, who was usually a man by the name of Mark Riddell, to take the tests for students or change their responses to get them better scores. You may be wondering how this man was able to get passed the critical test administrators. As it turns out, Singer would bribe them too.

Additionally, it has been unveiled that many parents paid bribes of $15,000 to $75,000.

Mark Riddell, the man accused of taking tests and altering answers for prospective students. Image courtesy of Google Images.

College can be very hard, but this made the system beyond unfair for those who are actually deserving of attending these schools and receiving that education. In a statement delivered to CNN by his attorney, Riddell said, “I want to communicate to everyone that I am profoundly sorry for the damage I have done and grief I have caused those as a result of my needless actions,” he continued by saying, “I understand how my actions contributed to a loss of trust in the college admissions process. I assume full responsibility for what I have done.”

These terrible actions are not going unpunished. In fact, former public school teacher, Jennifer Kay Toy, is suing the indicted parents and corrupt school officials for $500 billion for stealing her child’s spot. In an interview with The Cut, Toy expressed her anger by saying, “I’m now outraged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough but because wealthy individuals felt that it was OK to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children’s way into a good college.”

If Toy wins the lawsuit she will share the money received with other families who also had this opportunity stolen from them.