Son apologizes for mom’s alleged role in college admissions scandal
The son of Beverly Hills marketing CEO Jane Buckingham, whose mom allegedly took part in the nationwide college cheating scandal, apologized, saying he’s upset he was “unknowingly involved” in the scheme.
Jack Buckingham said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that he hopes the scandal — in which his mom allegedly conspired to cheat on his ACT exam so he would get into the University of Southern California — will change the college admissions process for the better.
“I know there are millions of kids out there both wealthy and less fortunate who grind their ass off just to have a shot at the college of their dreams,” he told the publication. “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,” he continued. “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 an applicants’ character, intellect, and other qualities over everything else.”
Jack’s mom, parenting book author Jane Buckingham, was charged Tuesday along with 33 other parents in the massive college cheating scandal.
She’s accused of paying $50,000 for an ACT proctor to take the exam in Jack’s place in July 2018.
“I know this is craziness, I know it is,” she wrote to William “Rick” Singer, according to the documents. “I need you to get him into USC, and then I need you to cure cancer and [make peace] in the Middle East.”
The scheme involved sending a handwriting sample from her son to plot mastermind Singer for the proctor to imitate.
“He has not great writing,” Jane said, according to the court papers. “Good luck with this.”
It’s not clear if Jack ended up going to USC — though he did get a near-perfect score of 35 on the test, according to the documents.
Jane, the founder of trend forecasting firm Trendera, seemed happy with the results, and said she would probably do the same for her daughter Lilia, because she is “not a great test taker,” the documents state.