People.com Entertainment TV Dean Norris Slams Parents in College Admissions Scandal: 'I Got into Harvard' Through 'Hard Work' The college admissions scandal broke on Tuesday and continues to make headlines By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 14, 2019 10:02 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Dean Norris has some strong words for the parents involved in the college admissions bribery scam. The Breaking Bad actor shared a series of pointed tweets on Tuesday, as Federal court records unsealed in Boston named 50 people indicted as part of the alleged nationwide scheme — including Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and author Jane Buckingham. For Norris, the idea alone that parents would pay money to assure their children got into top universities was “shameful.” “I got into Harvard against long odds via hard work and perseverance. Neither of my parents went to college, we didn’t have money to even pay for SAT prep course let alone bribes,” he wrote. “Shameful. It’s hard enough for working class kids to succeed without the rich privileged taking opportunity away.” “When I think of all the kids who studied hard, stayed up late, had part-time jobs to pay for their college application fees, and then were denied rightly deserved places in elite colleges because some rich f—wads cheated for their already privileged kids? I’m disgusted,” Norris, 55, continued. He ended his rant by explaining that he was going to “breathe deep and go beat the s— out of a punching bag.” Andrew H Walker/REX/Shutterstock Dean Norris Twitter Everything to Know About the Alleged College Cheating Scam with Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin The college admissions scandal broke on Tuesday and continues to make headlines. According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, the widespread effort was made by wealthy families to get their children into top colleges by falsifying SAT scores, lying about their athletic skills, and more. It’s unclear if the children were aware of any of these alleged crimes. Some named in the court documents allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Southern California, UCLA, the University of San Diego, University of Texas and Wake Forest, according to federal prosecutors. In addition to parents and exam administrators, athletic coaches are also implicated in the scheme. It’s unclear if the children were aware of any of these alleged crimes. Admissions to the schools mentioned in the complaint are extremely competitive: For first-time, full-time undergraduates, only 5 percent of applicants get into Stanford, 7 percent get into Yale, 17 percent get into Georgetown, 18 percent get into the University of Southern California and 29 percent get into Wake Forest, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage; Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage From Lori Loughlin to a Parenting Advice Author: Everyone Who Has Been Charged in the College Admissions Cheating Scandal Huffman, 56, allegedly gave $15,000 to admissions consultant William Singer and his nonprofit organization, Key Worldwide Foundation “to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter,” the indictment states. She was arrested by armed FBI agents at her Los Angeles home on Tuesday and charged by federal prosecutors with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Huffman was released more than 12 hours later — freed on a $250,000 bond, according to the Associated Press, and ordered to hand over her passport. Her next preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 29 at a Boston court. Loughlin, 54, and her husband allegedly gave $500,000 to have her children designated as crew team recruits, when they had never rowed, the indictment states. The Full House alum was arrested Wednesday and her bond was set at $1 million, according to the Associated Press. She faces a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The actress is permitted to travel to British Columbia, where she has filming projects in Vancouver, but must surrender her passport in December, according to the O.C. Register. Reps for both stars have not commented to PEOPLE.