Revealing the truth
A student journalist for the student newspaper wanted to write an article about the new headmaster coming to Pittsburgh High School.
But the more the journalists looked into the director’s past, the darker it got. Nobody tried to find Dr. Amy Robertson’s past to reveal.
Pittsburgh High School
Pittsburgh High was founded in 1887. In southern Kansas, the school has grown to be the largest high school in the area.
The school has over 860 students and 65 employees. The high school also proudly displays its alumni like Shad Meier and Kerry Meier and Bill Russel, former Dodgers manager.
The booster Redux
The high school has a school newspaper called The Booster Redux. It’s not just for fun, it has won multiple awards and the students really do practice real journalism.
But perhaps the students were taking their journalism a little too seriously when they discovered a secret that was so surprising that the headmaster had to resign. This scandal brought The Booster Redux to a new level of journalism.
The right fit
Dr. Amy Robertson made quite an impression on everyone on the school board, including administrators and students.
Destry Brown stated that Roberston was the right choice among all the other candidates. On March 6, 2017, she was selected for the role of headmistress. But soon the journalists would discover something that they could never put on hold.
There’s more to it than that
CBS “Robertson comes to Pittsburg with decades of educational experience.” School district spokesman Zach Flether was optimistic.
Robertson was the CEO of Atticus IS Consultants. The press release informing people of their new role reads: “An education consultancy [at which she] Gained management experience in the equivalence of a property manager and superintendent. “Robertson’s first day as headmaster was scheduled for July 1, 2017. But nobody knew that Robertson was hiding more from them than they knew.
Destry Brown was excited and initially stated that Robertson’s skills would help the school a lot.
“I felt that she knew very well what was going on in education today. And she knows how a building works and how to maintain a safe environment, ”he told reporters from The Kansas City Star. He didn’t know how wrong he was.
Something is not correct
The Booster Redux student journalists felt that there was something strange about Robertson just a month after they arrived. They wanted to find out what.
Maddie Baden, a member of The Booster Redux, wanted to introduce the new headmistress through an interview with the school. But she said something that made Baden suspicious.
Nobody had heard of Robertson before she started school. The booster Redux decided to do some investigative work on her so they could find out enough about her to publish an inviting editorial.
Journalists looked deeper and deeper into the director’s past until they found something that led them to have their doubts about her. While they were digging dirt on her, she had her own agenda – Shutting Down The Booster Redux.
Dig up dirt
Baden heard from one of his sources that the newspaper was in danger and urged her team to redouble their efforts. They found some articles from 2012 that were interesting.
The information they found set alarm bells ringing in their minds. They had found evidence that Robertson had ties to the Dubai American Scientific School. The newspaper had a difficult decision to make.
The evidence also made it clear that she was never eligible to become the headmistress at the Dubai American Scientific School.
They soon found out that the school’s license had been suspended for reasons unknown. Baden told reporters from The Kansa Star, “If the students could uncover all of this, I want to know why the adults couldn’t.”
More information surfaces
Unsurprisingly, the entire student newspaper staff were working to find out more about Robertson. They spent three weeks delving into their background and what they found left them all baffled.
They didn’t know what else she was hiding, but they knew they couldn’t let her take her position as headmistress.
After weeks of intensive research, the team was able to verify Robertson’s qualifications.
She claimed to have earned a Masters degree from Corlin’s University by studying online and occasionally visiting the University’s campus in Stockton, California. But when the students visited the college’s website, they discovered a different story.
The students could not find any evidence that the college even existed. Even more onerous, the Better Business Bureau stated that Corlins is not an accredited company.
The institution did not have a known physical address to boot. They also found reports accusing the college of being an outright scam offering degrees to the highest bidder!
Brush them off
In addition, the images on Corlins’ website were taken at a graduation ceremony at an entirely different university. But Robertson quickly brushed off the allegations made by her future students, saying they were “not based on facts”.
In an interview with The Kansas City Star, she said, “The current status of Corllins University is not relevant. When I completed my MA and Ph.D. In 2010 there was no problem. All of my degrees have been certified by the US government. “
On the title page
However, the editor of The Booster Redux was determined to reveal the truth about the new principle. And she couldn’t ignore the stark contradictions in Robertson’s story.
The publication released the article on March 31, 2017 and posted its findings on the front page of the school newspaper. But how would Robertson react when she saw it?
The true story
“She would be the head of our school, and we wanted to be sure she was qualified and had the right credentials,” Trina Paul later explained to the Kansas City star.
“We encountered a few things that most might not consider [to be] legitimate credentials. “Then, just a few days later, the board made an announcement.
Robertson had decided to turn down the job offer. “Given the problems that occurred, Amy felt Robertson [that] It was in the district’s best interests to resign, ”Brown said in a statement.
Then, in July, Phil Bressler accepted the position to replace Robertson. But why hadn’t the board of directors checked Robertson before hiring her?
Who’s to blame?
Brown believes he made a mistake and admits it was his fault. “I think it’s my responsibility,” he told the Kansas City star.
“As a superintendent, I feel like I am leaving the teachers and students in the lurch. I admit that publicly. “
After the incident, the board is considering a major change in terms of the hiring process.
Student advisor Emily Smith explained the tenacious young journalist heroes. She said that she was “very proud” of what she had achieved with her thesis. She also clarified the students’ intentions.
“[The team was] not trying to get someone to resign or dismiss, ”she said. “You worked very hard to uncover the truth.” But what happened to Robertson?
Given the exposure in The Booster Redux, another intriguing detail emerged. A woman named Paula Schneider claimed she attended the University of Tulsa with Robertson.
Schneider also alleged that Robertson frequently obtained fraudulent credit cards by using various people’s social security numbers. Schneider saw the piece in The Booster Redux and went to Facebook.
“The Evilest Woman”
“One of the wickedest women I’ve ever known was humiliated by a team of high school journalists.” Schneider wrote. The post went on, “I just hope the next time she’s on the news, the phrase” Has been charged … “is after her name.”
Since then, the young journalists have appeared on Good Morning America and Inside Edition. Boston Globe reporter Todd Wallack tweeted; The American Press Institute also said that “journalistic inquiries can come from anywhere”.