Local college students react to college admissions scandal

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Actress Lori Laughlin has been taken into custody in connection to the scandal in which wealthy parents are accused of paying bribes to get their children into the nation’s top colleges.

Laughlin is just one of the dozens of people charged in connection to the scheme.

Today, 9 On Your Side went to ECU’s campus to see how the student body is reacting.

“Just totally beyond fair, because getting into school should be based on merit and not how much money you have.”

‘Unfair’ is the way many students are describing the college admissions scandal involving 50 people.

“I just really don’t think it’s fair that people are able to use their privilege and money that their parents have come into,” ECU sophomore Sara Ellen Poston said.

Poston said it is unfair people like Loughlin allegedly forked over $500,000 to send her daughters to the University of Southern California.

Loughlin’s youngest daughter is currently a freshman there.

“I know that it is from her mother’s career, but I don’t think it’s fair that she probably took the spot of someone who worked really hard and that was their dream school she got into,” Poston said.

“I just think it is really sad because getting into college is really important and it can definitely change how your life is going to develop so taking that opportunity away from someone else is really disheartening,” ECU senior Jakayla Wilkins added.

ECU tells 9 On Your Side it has a minimum set of requirements for high school test scores.

Admissions conduct a holistic review of all applications to make sure the university brings in ECU caliber students.

“I had to work really, really hard in high school to get to where I am at,” Wilkins said.

ECU students said they got into school by putting in the work.

“I know that I had to get a tutor for my ACT tests and stuff like that,” Poston said.

“I made sure to stay on top of my grades and be in different organizations to get to where I am now,” Wilkins added. “Things done in the dark will come to the light, and it is just best to keep your integrity and do what is right from the beginning.”

Some students said they were surprised by the allegations, while others were not.

Those students said people in power have been abusing privilege for years and exchanging money for favors.

More people are expected to be implicated in this case.

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