This story about an “Ivy League-bound” teen has been circulating the blogosphere since yesterday. The girl in question, a 17-year-old named Rachel Anne Hachero, allegedly pistol whipped her mother and held a gun to her head when her mom refused to co-sign for a used car. The story is clearly only interesting to the likes of Gawker, the Daily Mail (seriously, England? Don’t you have your own crime?) and Ivygate (and us, for that matter) because this girl got accepted into “several Ivy League schools”. A number of stories about the girl say something along these lines: “The mother told investigators she did not want to press charges against Hachero, because she had recently been accepted to several Ivy League colleges.”
I definitely think it’s possible that an Ivy League-accepted student could be the perpetrator of this kind of crime. I’m just a little bit confused about this high school senior could be accepted into “several” Ivy League schools. Here are my questions:
- How many people do you know got accpeted to so many Ivy League schools that, when asked, they would classify the number as “several”. I know people who were accepted to 3, maybe 4 tops. And 3 or 4 doesn’t sound like “several” to me. I don’t think I knew anyone who even applied to more than 3 or 4 Ivy League schools. Even the smartest high school students have to have some kind of safety school in there.
- Maybe I’m wrong about this one, but don’t people who have been accepted to any school, Ivy League or not, call them out by name? For instance, how many times have you heard someone say, “I’ve been accepted to some Ivy League schools and a few of the best West Coast schools” and not “I’ve been accepted to Harvard, Brown, Columbia, and Stanford”?
- At a much more fundamental level, how could this girl already be accepted to more than one Ivy League school? She would have heard from an early application already, but most schools haven’t even sent their decisions out yet. Columbia’s are March or early April, Dartmouth and Brown are early April, and the rest are sent out today at 5:00. The girl was arrested on Friday. How had she already been accepted to several by then?
Again, it’s completely possible that an Ivy League-bound student pistol whipped her mother over a car. I wouldn’t doubt it in the slightest. But how had this girl magically already gotten in to “several” Ivy League schools by the time she was arrested this Friday if decisions aren’t even released until today or later?