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After Student Reporters Looked Into Her Story, This School’s Principal Was Forced To Resign

When Dr. Amy Robertson was hired to be the new principal of Pittsburg High School, a young journalist from the student newspaper felt inclined to write an article about her. However, staff members who were overlooking the publication realized that something was incredibly odd with the new head of the school. What’s more, they found out there was a dark truth lurking in the staff members closet that would ultimately lead to Robertson’s resignation.

Pittsburg High

Dr. Amy Robertson

On March 6, 2017, the Pittsburg Community Schools Board of Education chose Dr. Amy Robertson as the school’s new principal after a series of interviews with multiple staff members, pupils and administrators. During a 2017 interview with ‘The Kansas City Star’, board superintendent Destry Brown revealed that Robertson had ’emerged as the best fit’ for the school during the hiring process.

A New Principal

A Lot To Offer

Brown truly believed that Robertson had a lot to offer the school. He told ‘The Kansas City Star that, “I felt like she is very knowledgeable about what is going on in education today. And she knows about how a building works and about maintaining a safe environment.” Robertson was due to begin working as the new principal on July 1 of that year.

Everything Changed

Who Is She?

While speaking to ‘The Kansas City Star’, Baden admitted at the time that, “no one knew who Robertson was.” Being as it may, Baden and her fellow students began investigating the future principal’s background and credentials. Before long, the students began to realize there was something fishy about the situation.

Uncovering Articles

Red Flags

Baden later told ‘The Kansas City Star’ that the old newspapers “raised a red flag. If students could uncover all of this, I want to know why the adults couldn’t.” As a consequence, half a dozen students spent around three weeks looking into their future principal’s background. They soon discovered that they had only just touched the surface of the scandal.

Her Education

College Website

When the students decided to check the college’s website, they couldn’t find any truth that the institution ever existed in the first place. The Better Business Bureau also claims that Corllins is not an accredited business and has no known physical address. There have actually been reports that accuse the college of being a scam that allows people to buy a degree. On top of that, one of the photos used on Corllin’s website is actually from an entirely different school’s graduation ceremony.

Brushing Off Allegations

The Article

Soon after, ‘The Booster Redux’ published an article on the front page of its March 31, 2017 issue, revealing everything they’ve found. Editor of the paper, Trina Paul explained that the publication had wanted to expose the truth after noticing inconsistencies in Robertson’s story. Paul explained to ‘The Kansas City Star, “She was going to be the head of our school, and we wanted to be assured that she was qualified and had the proper credentials. We stumbled on to some things that most might not consider legitimate credentials.”

An Announcement

Onlyy a few days after the article came out, there was an announcement from the board. It turned out that Robertson decided not to take the job offer in the end. Brown said in a statement that July that, “in light of all the issues that arose, Amy Robertson felt it was in the best interest of the district to resign her position.” Instead, Phil Bressler took the job as Robertson’s replacement, and he remains as the school’s principal to this day.

Brown Responds


After the ordeal, student advisor Emily Smith, hailed the intrepid young journalists and revealed that she is “very proud” of what they had achieved. She said, “The team was not out to get anyone to resign or to get anyone fired. They worked very hard to uncover the truth.”

Robertson Now

The End Result

As a result of the piece released by the school publication, Scheider also took the situation to Facebook. On Facebook she wrote, “One of the most evil women I have ever known has been humiliated by a team of high school journalists. I just hope that the next time she’s in the news, it’s with the phrase ‘has been charged with…’ following her name.” The story has made its way beyond Kansas and the people who once knew Robertson.


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