Felicity Huffman's Parenting Blog Warned Teens They'd 'Get Busted' for Trying to Be 'Sneaky'
Amid news that Felicity Huffman is among dozens charged in an alleged college admissions cheating scam involving elite colleges and universities, a blog post shared to her parenting website What The Flicka has gained attention for warning teenagers to not attempt to be “sneaky” with their parents.
The post (which was not written by Huffman) features a list of tips for moms and jokingly addressed teens about lying to their parents, “You think you’re so smart and sneaky and while you probably will get away with it a couple of times — maybe even more times than not — at some point you’re going to get cold-hard busted.”
“Why? Because teenagers don’t pay attention to details,” the post continued. “Especially when you add social media sites into the mix. I’ve busted my 16-year-old several times because one of the friends I knew she was supposed to be with posted an Instagram shot or sent a tweet out that just happened to land in my lap that indicated an entirely different story.”
Federal court records unsealed Tuesday in Boston name 50 people, including Huffman and Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, who have been allegedly indicted as part of the nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. The scandal involves admissions to schools like Yale, Georgetown and Stanford, among others, PEOPLE confirmed on Tuesday.
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“Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston,” the release says.
Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, the University of Southern California, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated, as well as parents and exam administrators, the release says.
While Huffman, 56, allegedly gave $15,000 “to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter,” Sofia Grace, 18, the indictment states, Loughlin, 54, and husband Mossimo Giannulli allegedly gave $500,000 to say their child was part of the rowing team, when that was not true, the indictment states.
The latter couple, who were both indicted, “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” state the documents. (Giannulli and Loughlin’s daughters are beauty influencer Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella Rose, 20).
The tips post on Huffman’s website — aimed specifically at 16-year-olds — also includes an item that advises teens, “You’ll regret not working harder in class” and says high school is “a necessary evil” that leads to bigger things.
“While it may seem like a great idea to wait til the day before Christmas break is over to start studying for exams, trust us … it’s not,” the post’s author opined. “Take 30 minutes each day and read a little more than you should — it will pay off when you’re going to [Wake Forest University] instead of a community college.”
“All this being said, high school will be one of the most significant chunks of your life that you remember forever and time will end up weeding out most of the crappy parts,” the post continued further down. “You’ll love seeing your classmates when you come home from college and at your reunions. You’ll always have a sense of pride when you hear that your alma mater won a game and when one of your former teachers passes away, it’ll sweep you back to her class and the lessons she taught.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI alleged in the indictment that the alleged scheme helped students gain acceptance to top schools by helping them cheat on college exams.
Some named in the court documents allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into elite colleges, according to federal prosecutors. It also helped high-school athletes get into top universities no matter what their abilities, according to the indictment.
Federal agents secretly recorded telephone calls with Huffman and a cooperating witness, according to the court papers, as well as obtained emails from Loughlin allegedly implicating her in the scam, the documents state.
Reps for Huffman and Loughlin did not immediately return calls by PEOPLE for comment.