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Principal Resigns After Teen Journalists Uncover Questionable History

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A Kansas high school principal resigned Tuesday after student journalists investigated her questionable credentials. (Mrdoomits/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 04:40 PM

A newly hired high school principal resigned Tuesday after student journalists researching her for an article uncovered discrepancies in her credentials that led them to write an article for the school newspaper questioning her qualifications for the position.

Amy Robertson was hired March 6 by Pittsburg High School in Kansas to become the school’s new principal, so the newspaper staff decided to write an article about her. In the course of their research, they uncovered several troubling pieces of information, according to The Washington Post.

The questions began when the school from which she claimed to get her master's and doctorate degrees, Corllins University, did not have a website or appear to be accredited, the Post reported. In fact, the students discovered Corllins was said to be a diploma mill, where people can buy diplomas without actually doing coursework.

“There were some things that just didn’t quite add up,” Connor Balthazor, a student reporter who worked on the article, told the Post.

The students also discovered a school where Robertson had previously worked in Dubai had its license suspended, according to the New York Daily News. Robertson lived in Dubai off and on for the last 20 years and owned a consulting company there, the Kansas City Star reported.

The principal's undergraduate degree from University of Tulsa also was not authenticated during the student reporters' investigation.

Robertson resigned Tuesday night at a meeting of the local school board.

“In light of the issues that arose, Dr. Robertson felt it was in the best interest of the district to resign her position,” the board said in a statement, The Washington Post reported.

Robertson insists her degrees are legitimate and said Corllins was accredited at the time of her degrees in 1994 and 2010, but no record of such accreditation could be found.

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