Students at the University of Southern California who may be linked to the massive college bribery scheme will be limited in what they do next while their cases are under review, school officials said Monday.

The school said in a statement posted to Twitter that holds have been placed on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme, meaning that they can’t register for classes or obtain their transcripts pending review of their cases.

"Following the review, we will take the proper action related to their status, up to revoking admission or expulsion," the school said.

The school did not disclose the number of students potentially affected by the review.


USC has previously said that it has determined which applications in the current admissions cycle for Fall 2019 are connected to the bribery scheme, and they will be denied admission.

The University of Southern California says a review of students possibly connected to a college admissions bribery scandal could lead to expulsions.

The University of Southern California says a review of students possibly connected to a college admissions bribery scandal could lead to expulsions. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

"A case-by-case review of current students who may be connected to the alleged scheme is also underway," the school said. "We will make informed decisions about those cases as the reviews are completed."

More than 30 parents have been charged in the scheme in which prosecutors said college admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer took roughly $25 million in bribes from dozens of individuals to assure their children’s entry into top colleges by getting them recruited for sports they didn’t play and by arranging for standardized tests to be rigged.

Before his arrest, Singer actively worked on coaching students about their college applications and worked with parents who were stressed about the admissions process.


More than half the parents charged were trying to bribe their children’s way into USC, including actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who allegedly paid $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as crew team recruits. Loughlin and Giannulli were each arrested and released on a $1 million bond. They’ve been ordered to appear in federal court in Boston on March 29 for a preliminary hearing.

Loughlin’s daughter, 19-year-old Olivia Jade Giannulli, could possibly face expulsion from the school. The USC freshman is a YouTube star who goes by "Olivia Jade" on the video sharing platform as well as Instagram and Twitter, where she boasts more than 1 million Instagram followers and nearly 200,000 Twitter followers.

A spokesperson for USC confirmed to Fox News last week that Loughlin and Giannulli’s other daughter, Isabella, 20, is currently enrolled at the university.


Several other schools said they are still considering what to do about students who may be tainted by the scandal.

At Yale, the president declined to comment on specific cases but said it’s a "longstanding policy to rescind the admission of students who falsified their Yale College applications." Stanford similarly noted that students could be "disenrolled" or have offers of admission rescinded.


Georgetown University said it was examining its records and "will be taking appropriate action," while Wake Forest University said a student mentioned in the indictment remains enrolled.

School officials there said they have no reason to believe the student was aware of the alleged crimes. The university said Tuesday it was redirecting $50,000 from a California foundation connected to the scheme to help first-generation college students.

The University of Southern California said in a statement it has placed holds on the accounts of those students, which prevents them from registering for classes or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review.

The University of Southern California said in a statement it has placed holds on the accounts of those students, which prevents them from registering for classes or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Federal prosecutors said last Tuesday that some students never knew about the bribes and fraudulent entrance exams that got them into some of the nation’s top universities. But some students did and were even involved in submitting false information about athletic feats in their applications, according to officials.

"The parents, the other defendants, are clearly the prime movers of this fraud. It remains to be seen whether we charge any students," U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in Boston said last week.

Fox News’  Madeline Farber, Jessica Sager, Katherine Lam, Jennifer Earl, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A Maryland middle school teacher is accused of slamming a door on a student’s hand so hard that three of her fingers were severed.

The Capital reports a lawsuit filed by the child’s father accuses the Ann Arundel County Board of Education and former teacher Steven Akers of negligence. Court documents filed this month in the 2018 lawsuit reveal new details about the girl’s injuries, which they say left permanent discomfort and nerve damage despite surgery.

The family says the girl was asking Akers a question in 2017 when he slammed a door to get the class’ attention. County prosecutor Philip Culpepper says the girl was looking out of a window when Akers unintentionally hurt her. Schools spokesman Bob Mosier says Akers resigned in 2018.

The trial is set for June.


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A New Jersey sports official is apologizing for telling student athletes that Adolf Hitler was a "good leader" with "bad moral character and intentions."

Nutley High School athletic director Joe Piro made the remark while addressing Madison High School students Saturday during an assembly aimed at promoting positive leadership.

Piro tells he was trying to make a point that "a leader could have strong leadership skills that influence people in a negative way." He says he understands "Hitler was an evil man who used his skills in a horrific manner."

The district’s superintendent said in a letter sent to parents that the speaker’s presentation was "unnecessarily provocative and insensitive."

Piro showed a photo of Hitler as part of a side-by-side comparison with Martin Luther King Jr.


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Kentucky’s largest school district has asked the state’s education commissioner to withdraw his request for names of teachers who used sick days to protest at the state Capitol, but the commissioner says he will not back down.

News outlets report Commissioner Wayne Lewis told Jefferson County’s Board of Education on Tuesday he still wants the names but won’t punish the teachers if school remains in session.

Lewis last week wouldn’t rule out disciplining teachers who used sick days to close multiple school districts so they could protest.

Lawmakers were considering proposals that would change who manages the teachers’ pension fund and indirectly support private schools with tax credits.

At least 10 school districts closed because of too many teacher absences. Jefferson County, one of the largest districts in the country, closed six times in two weeks.

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America’s collective student loan debt now stands at more than $1.5 trillion. For some perspective, that’s more than the entire GDP of Spain or Sweden or any of the 54 countries in Africa.

Apart from mortgages, student loans are the biggest source of personal debt in this country, more than car loans and credit card bills. That’s a staggering amount of debt. It’s enough to distort and cripple the U.S. economy. It’s enough to stunt the life prospects of an entire generation of young people.

If you’re wondering why the majority of Americans under 30 say they prefer socialism, debt is a major reason. Student loans are killing them, and they never go away. Thanks to extensive lobbying efforts here in Washington, student loans, unlike other forms of debt, cannot be erased by bankruptcy.


The student loan crisis is a modern problem. Just 13 years ago, the average new college graduate owed $20,000 in student loans. Today, that number has jumped to $37,000. Student debt is rising far faster than the earnings of American workers, the very earnings that are supposed to justify student loans in the first place.

For professional degrees, the number goes far higher than that. The average law school graduate carries more than $110,000 in student loan debt. For new doctors, the burden is nearly $200,000 by the time they finish medical school.

Overall, two million Americans owe more than a $100,000 in student loans. Imagine starting life that far behind. Many of the people paying off college loan debt never even earned a degree. They tried to improve their lives by attending college, and they wound up poorer and in bondage. And not just a few of them — millions and millions of them. What are the effects of this?


Well, the damage is far more profound than anything caused by climate change. Young people are broke. As a result, they’re delaying the vital life transitions that were automatic for earlier generations.

In 1990, a quarter of American adults lived with their parents. Today, the number has risen to 35 percent. The home ownership rate for millennials dropped eight points from the generation before. Unable to afford homes, millennials are getting married later and less often. They’re also having fewer kids. It’s not because they don’t want children. According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans who want children has not changed in 25 years. And yet fewer children are being born, thanks in part to rising debt levels, America’s middle class cannot replace itself.

That’s why we’re told we must import millions of new workers from abroad. Young Americans want homes and families. Helping them get those things ought to be our top priority as a country. We can’t begin until we reform the student loan system. Why haven’t we done that yet?


Well, a hugely powerful lobby stands in the way — colleges and universities. Their lobbyists swarm Washington. Not surprisingly, these are the people who benefit from student loan debt. Drive through rural America, and you see how well they’ve done. In a sea of poverty and despair, you will notice gated islands of affluence. These are colleges.

Colleges control access to the credentials that we are all convinced are necessary and mandatory to achieve success in the modern economy. It’s a racket. These are the gatekeepers of modern society and they are ripping off every kid who passes through those gates.

Outside the gates, people are unemployed and dying of opioid overdoses. Inside the gates, it’s like the Ritz on South Beach. If you haven’t been to an American university lately, see it for yourself. Everything is new. There’s been a building boom underway for decades on campuses, all of it funded by debt that is destroying a generation of American kids.

A hundred schools now have endowments over a billion dollars. They are hedge funds with schools attached. What have colleges done with this money? Well, they’ve hired massive staffs of like-minded people for one thing. From 1987 to 2012, the number of administrators on college campuses more than doubled. That’s far bigger than the increase of actual students going to college. College administrators routinely make six-figure salaries. What exactly do they do for that money? Not a single thing that makes this a better country.

College presidents often get seven-figure salaries. Their pay is probably the only thing in America rising as fast as tuition costs. Academic publishers are getting rich from all of this, too — from the debt boom. Prices of textbooks have tripled in the past 20 years. Printing hasn’t gotten more expensive; non-academic books are cheaper now than they were two decades ago. But students are a captive market, and they are being exploited ruthlessly. Nobody says a word about it.

So to sum up, young people in this country get poorer every year. College administrators, probably the least impressive group in the country, are getting richer at their expense. It’s not a law of the universe that this has to happen. It’s a product of policy and of the incentives our society has created over time.

Right now, the federal government allows young people to take out an almost unlimited amount in student loans. Colleges know this, of course, and they hike their tuition to capture as much of that money as they can. Young people have little choice but to go along with it.

Colleges control access to the credentials that we are all convinced are necessary and mandatory to achieve success in the modern economy. It’s a racket. These are the gatekeepers of modern society and they are ripping off every kid who passes through those gates.

What’s the solution? Well, here’s one. Have colleges co-sign the loans. And why shouldn’t they? If you and I enter into a partnership in business and we succeed, we share the rewards. But we also share the risk. If we fail, we’re both on the hook for that. That’s how honest arrangements work. College loans don’t work that way. Colleges get rich, no matter what happens to the kids. The kids are on their own.

If students get a degree and a decent job and repay their loans, that’s great. But if they drop out of college, or their degrees turn out to be worthless, as so many are, and they can’t repay what they have borrowed, so what? The college doesn’t care. They’ve got no stake in the outcome. Colleges get all of the benefit and none of the risk. That is the definition of a scam. It’s amazing it could even be legal. It should not be legal.

Maybe Congress could take 20 minutes from the Russia hoax and posturing about climate change and fix one of the actual problems, one of the biggest problems this country faces. Pass a law forcing colleges to share the liability on defaulted student loans. What would be the argument against that? That colleges can’t afford it? That taxpayers should shoulder all the risk so that Wesleyan or Brown can build another diversity and inclusion center and hire more useless overpaid Deans of Sensitivity?

It’s kind of hard to make that case out loud. It’s too stupid. Congress should act now. The student loan system is going to collapse. That is inevitable. Before it does, let’s be very clear about who has been profiting from it.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on March 18, 2019.

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A New Jersey man has finally returned a school library book he checked out 53 years ago.

Harry Krame, of Fair Lawn, said he recently discovered “The Family Book Of Verse” by Lewis Gannet while cleaning the basement of his home.


“When he asked my name I told him I can’t give it to him because I was in the witness protection program,” Krame, 65, told WCBS-TV. “I took it out to read and never brought it back.”

Krame checked out the novel when he was 13 years old in 1966. When he realized he still had the book all these years later, he said he felt guilty for "a few seconds. … It was like, I still have (it), sorry about that."

Dominick Tarquinio, the vice principal of Memorial Middle School, told the news outlet he was shocked when a former student returned his late book. He said that at today’s rate, Krame would owe around $2,000 in late fees.

However, he said: "We’re not looking to collect."


The school’s librarian told the North Jersey Record that the book was so old, it didn’t have a barcode and so they couldn’t even scan it into their system.

“We were very surprised to receive this book, needless to say,” Susan Murray said.


“I sometimes have to chase students to get their books, so this was wonderful to have someone who did this,” the librarian said. “He could have just placed it in a recycling bin, but he choose (sic) to return it, which was really kind.”

Murray said she plans to put the book on display to teach kids about the importance of returning their library books.

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A woman caught on video using racial epithets in an argument at a Connecticut supermarket has been identified as a school department employee who resigned after the video went public.

The white woman is heard using a slur multiple times and spitting during an argument with a black couple in the East Haven, Connecticut, store.

The New Haven Register reports that Hamden Public Schools Superintendent Jody Goeler identified the woman as Corinne Terrone. The district in a statement says Terrone, who was a clerk in the central office, resigned.

It isn’t clear what led to Friday’s confrontation.

Police say they’re aware of the altercation but haven’t received a complaint.

The Register says no one appeared to be inside Terrone’s New Haven home Saturday. A listed number for her had been disconnected.

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The New York Public Library has opened an archive dedicated to pioneering alternative rock musician Lou Reed.

The library acquired the archive after performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, who was married to Reed, decided to share it with an institution that could preserve and showcase the archive. The New York Times reports the archive includes a large collection of personal notes, photographs and more than 600 hours of recordings.

Anderson says Reed never discussed what to do with his belongings before his death in 2013. She says she thought the archive should be accessible to young musicians and anyone interested in his life.

Reed was the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for The Velvet Underground, and had a solo career that spanned decades after leaving the band.


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A Cincinnati Public Schools teacher who acknowledged putting duct tape over students’ mouths to discipline them has resigned.

District spokeswoman Lauren Worley says Charles Igwekala-Nweke resigned in January.

Igwekala-Nweke taught math at Clark Montessori High School and Hughes STEM High School and had worked for the district since 2015.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Friday that school records show a student told another teacher Igwekala-Nweke put tape over his mouth in December.

Igwekala-Nweke wrote in an email to Hughes Principal Kathy Wright that he taped students’ mouths shut instead of reprimanding them for talking during an exam.

At least three students told officials their mouths were taped shut.

Igwekala-Nweke later apologized, saying he allowed "gross rationale to justify gross behavior."


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An attorney has threatened to sue the Kentucky Department of Education for seeking the names of teachers who used sick days to protest at the state Capitol.

Ten Kentucky school districts have been forced to close several times since the end of February as teachers used their sick days so they could protest proposed legislation at the state Capitol. Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis sent a letter to those districts Thursday asking for the names of every teacher who called in sick on the days the district was forced to close.

Attorney Mark Wohlander notified the department Friday that he was preparing to file a federal civil rights lawsuit for the "unprecedented interference" with teachers’ constitutional rights.

Lewis said he believes the potential lawsuit to be "frivolous."

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