One of the students whose parents are accused of paying a college admissions consultant to illegally help him get into school has apologized for the situation that has grabbed national headlines this week.
Jack Buckingham, whose mother Jane allegedly paid $50,000 to have someone else take her son's ACT test so he could get a better grade, told The Hollywood Reporter he wanted to speak out despite being told not to.
"I know there are millions of kids out there both wealthy and less fortunate who grind their a– off just to have a shot at the college of their dreams," Buckingham said. "I am upset that I was unknowingly involved in a large scheme that helps give kids who may not work as hard as others an advantage over those who truly deserve those spots.
"For that I am sorry, though I know my word does not mean much to many people at the moment. While the situation I am going through is not a pleasant one, I take comfort in the fact that this might help finally cut down on money and wealth being such a heavy factor in college admissions. Instead, I hope colleges may prioritize [looking at] an applicants' character, intellect, and other qualities over everything else."
Jane Buckingham is the founder of the boutique marketing firm Trendera.
The $25 million admissions scandal also involved Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.