Admissions Scandal Victim Of Awful Handwriting Fame Publicly Apologizes

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Jack Buckingham, the son of Los Angeles “boutique marketing” firm CEO Jane Buckingham who allegedly paid $50,000 in the alleged college admissions scam to get someone to take Jack’s college entrance exam, has publicly apologized for being “unknowingly involved” in the scheme.

Despite admitting it was “not a smart thing to say anything,” Buckingham told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, “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. 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.”

“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 [looking at] an applicants’ character, intellect and other qualities over everything else.”


Not only did Jane Buckingham have Jack send in a sample of his handwriting so someone could accurately copy his writing for the test, according to court docs she also made fun of her son’s intelligence. “I know this is craziness, I know it is,” she said. “And then I need you to get him into USC, and then I need you to cure cancer and [make peace] in the Middle East.” Upon sending the handwriting sample, Buckingham said, “Good luck with this.”

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

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OK. This handwriting. This mocking parent. Let’s just, for the moment, assume he doesn’t have a learning disability.

My son is in fourth grade and he has had a really emotional year. It’s a new school and kids have been laughing at his “big” (read “childish”) handwriting. He doesn’t have a learning disability but his handwriting is delayed. We do so much extra work on it, and he has come a long way over the past few years with physical therapist and our own practice at home.

What we are doing is the fucking norm. Every night parents sit down with their kids and work through tears and frustration, or just plain boredom, to constantly try to improve the future situations of our children.

This awful handwriting says nothing negative to me about the person who penned it. It says fucking loads about the kind of parent who has this kind of wealth yet has never invested in their child’s BASIC educational development, and instead MOCKS their obvious delays in development.

Again, I am assuming that he doesn’t have a learning disability because if he did, and she was mocking him...

These people only cared that their offspring remained on-brand for the persona they have curated. The eighteen years before admissions time was spent not caring about their kid’s personal, intellectual, and education development. It says so much that this kid is going on a “I’m sorry I’m dumb” tour, probably orchestrated by his mother, the marketing exec.

I don’t have high hopes, but I hope that the shame stings like hell and that their reputations are ruined for being found out as the shitty, narcissistic, and self-serving glory whores that they are.

And if its the same Jane Buckingham who wrote the 2004 book A Modern Girl’s Guide to Life, then she can be quoted as saying “The only thing you should ever fake... being a domestic goddess.”