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
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.”
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.
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.