Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that six Great Neck North High School students had paid 19-year-old Samuel Eshaghoff thousands of dollars to take the SAT for them. Eshaghoff, who graduated from the high school in 2010 and is currently enrolled at Emory University in Atlanta, was paid between $1,500 and $2,500 per student.
So has the recession not hit Long Island? Who has this kind of disposable income these days, much less a group of kids? Or are these 15, 16 year olds also knocking over banks? Or is it more likely that their parents are completely a) snowed by their little darlings; b) guilty that their own precious careers are taking them away from what they should be paying attention to, raising their children correctly instead of an army of assistants and nannies; c)tossing their ill gotten gains at their progeny rather than actually dealing with them; d) hobbling their blessed issue for life by not teaching them any life skills about the value of money and therefore almost guaranteeing they will end up broke, bankrupt, in jail or all three by age forty?
This notion that these kids are "under so much pressure to perform" is a crock, particularly when their immediate solution seemed to be to whip out their personal black Amex from Pops to take care of the problem. They didn't hire a tutor or buckle down or ask for help in any way, they felt entitled to circumvent the system.
Their teachers had their number already so they needed a good SAT score to override those mistakes. They also figure Daddy's money might help with the rest of the college application process. So all that stood between them and four/five years of serious partying, all on the parents' tab, was the SAT.
So they clearly saw this scam as a worthwhile investment. What is tragic about this is that these are probably pretty smart kids who if they only applied their plotting and scheming skill sets for good rather than evil, could probably be quite successful.
But the Entitlement Generation wants it all, right now, without the effort that it requires. What a waste.