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.
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.
Smith says she’s proud of her students for pushing forward to ask tough questions of their administration.
Way to go, kids. We see great careers in journalism ahead of you.