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Student journalists expose principal's fabricated credentials, forcing her resignation

A group of high school journalists are being praised after their investigation into their new principal, Amy Robertson. The reporters and editors for the Booster Redux at Pittsburg High School in southeast Kansas were concerned when they couldn't find any confirmation that her university was accredited. Even more starling, the school Robertson listed for her master's degree seemed to be a place where you can buy fake diplomas online.

The students say they interviewed her and asked about her time as an educational consultant in Dubai. They reported Robertson “presented incomplete answers, conflicting dates and inconsistencies in her responses.”

After weeks of research, with help from the executive director of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and other experts, they published their findings in the school paper. Robertson quickly resigned and still maintains her innocence.

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