The college admissions scam involving Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman shows how some rich families use a “side door” to game an already unfair education system.
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A 1993 episode of “Full House” is ominously coming full circle more than two decades later.
During a Season 6 episode titled “Be True to Your Preschool,” Lori Loughlin’s character, Becky Katsopolis, took the moral high road after her husband, Jesse (played by John Stamos), lied to get their twin boys into a prestigious preschool.
“On the application, I may have … embellished a little bit,” Jesse admitted to Becky as they entered a classroom at Bouton Hall with their twins, Nicholas and Alexander.
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A scene from Netflix’s “Fuller House” with Lori Loughlin and John Stamos. (Photo: Michael Yarish, Netflix)
On the application, Jesse said their 2-year-old sons were multilingual and played the bassoon. He added that he himself was an ambassador, prompting an interview request from the exclusive preschool to evaluate their children’s abilities.
“The most important thing in the world right now is their education,”Jesse said. “I’m their father – if I don’t lie for them, who will?”
Aunt Becky eventually confessed, telling the admissions director, “Look … I have to be honest. … He may have embellished – lied – a bit on our application.” The school official was understanding: “It only shows you want what’s best for your boys.”
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Lori Loughlin, center, poses with daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, and Isabella Rose Giannulli at the 2019 “An Unforgettable Evening” in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo: Chris Pizzello, Invision/AP)
In the end, the couple decided that their kids didn’t need to be on the “fast track.” Becky said, “Whatever track they’re on, they seem to be doing OK.”
“When they’re ready to go to preschool, we’ll find the right one and do everything to encourage them,” she added.
Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade Giannulli. (Photo: Steve Granitz, WireImage)
The “Full House” scenario sounds eerily similar to Loughlin’s current circumstances. She was charged Tuesday in the largest-ever college admissions conspiracy prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly agreed in July 2016 to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for getting their two daughters into the University of Southern California as purported crew athletes, even though neither were athletes and both were clueless about crew.
Loughlin was taken into custody in Los Angeles Wednesday by the FBI. She made her first court appearance later in the day and was released on a $1 million bond.
The couple’s daughters, Bella, 20, and Olivia, 19, are both currently enrolled at USC.
Contributing: Maria Puente
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