How these amazing high school journalists proved their principal was unqualified
Working on your school newspaper can be a whole lot more than writing about school lunches and sports: If you’re one of these teen journalists, it also involves launching an investigation on your school principal.
The Kansas students, who write for Pittsburg High School’s student newspaper, the Booster Redux, began researching their new principal after she signed on with the school.
After some simple googling, the teens realized that Corrllins University, the school at which shen claimed to have earned her masters and Ph.D., did not have a functional website.
“There were some things that just didn’t quite add up, 17-year-old Connor Balthazor told The Washington Post.
After an extended investigation, the students published an article in their school paper questioning the legitimacy of their principal’s degrees.
The article went up Friday – and she resigned from her position the following Tuesday.
According to Emily Smith, the school’s newspaper adviser, the students were shocked they were able to uncover such a big story with such basic research.
“They were at a loss that something that was so easy for them to see was waiting to be noticed by adults, she said.
Smith says she’s proud of her students for pushing forward to ask tough questions of their administration.
“Everybody kept telling them, ‘stop poking your nose where it doesn’t belong,' she told the Post.
Way to go, kids. We see great careers in journalism ahead of you.