Student journalists didn’t back down

Published Apr 18, 2017 at 4:00pm

Woodward and Bernstein meet their match: Six student journalists at Pittsburg High School’s Booster Redux newspaper in Kansas detected some discrepancies in their newly hired principal’s resume.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported they launched an investigation into her academic background, and their reporting led to the principal’s resignation from her $93,000-a-year job.

It started in early March when the students questioned the post-graduate degrees that principal Amy Robertson claimed to have earned from “Corllins University.” They contacted the U.S. Department of Education, which had no accredited university listed by that name. Corllins, it turned out, is a diploma mill.

Multiple other discrepancies arose. The school board initially stood “100 percent” behind Robertson. But more troubling information surged forth. Robertson couldn’t even produce a transcript to prove she had earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa.

Robertson resigned. The adults told them to back off, but these tough, hard-driving student journalists refused to back down.