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Med City reacts to college admissions scandal

The process of getting accepted into an elite college can become stressful -- but what happens when it becomes unethical. Celebrities like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are implicated in a case to buy spots for their kids at top colleges. Hear how one admissions officer and parents react.

Posted: Mar 12, 2019 11:48 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. -

Paul Thiboutot works in admissions at Carleton College and says the college admissions scandal is a reflection of cutthroat competition among the wealthy and powerful.

"It's kind of a shame to see so much value in that particular elitism and then use resources in that way, in unethical ways," Thiboutot said.

Thiboutot says it should be more than just a trophy on a mantel.

"You can also get a college education at a whole variety of institutions and you don't necessarily need to just win a prize," Thiboutot said.

But Desiree Ahrens is a mother of three children and sees first hand how the pressure cooker starts at an early age.

"There's lots of pressure on kids that I never had even at a young level at Kindergarten to do so many hours of this and that," Ahrens said.

She says parents are far more involved now than they were in the eighties.

"There's a lot of tracking we have to do as parents," Ahrens said. "I'm very involved and I know a lot of what's going on in their classroom whereas I don't think my mom ever knew what we were studying in class at this age."

Nashauna Johnson-Lenoir has five girls and understands the measures they took -- since society places a high value on diplomas from certain schools.

"When you are applying for employment, they won't consider you unless you have a certain school on your resume," Johnson-Lenoir said.

Johnson-Lenoir isn't eager to judge the parents accused in the scandal.

"A lot of parents will go to certain extents for their children," Johnson-Lenoir said.

But Thibouto insists -- it's about what you do with your life, not the name on a diploma.

"It's a misplacing of value on the wrong thing," Thibouto said.

50 people have been charged in 6 different states.

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