Brought Out Into The Light
One Student at Pittsburgh High School decided to look into the new principal. But the student journalist started digging deeper than anyone should have.
No one could have expected what dark truth was about to be brought out to the light. And Dr. Amy Robertson couldn’t have expected what they’d all find.
Founded in 1887, Pittsburgh High is the largest high school in southern Kansas. With 65 faculty members and 860 students, the institution boasts former NFL stars Kerry and Shad Meier and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager, Bill Russell as among their most notable alumni.
But now, the school was about to be thrown into the spotlight for an entirely different reason.
The Booster Redux
The high school’s student newspaper, The Booster Redux, has claimed various regional and state awards and is known for its cutting-edge journalism. But when student journalists uncovered the new principal’s deepest secrets, the scandal placed the publication firmly on the map.
In fact, the outcry grew so loud that the prospective principal was forced to resign.
The “Best Fit”
After a series of interviews with staff members, administrators, and pupils, members of the Pittsburg Community Schools Board of Education were impressed with Dr. Amy Robertson’s credentials. On March 6, 2017, she was formally selected as the school’s new principal. According to Destry Brown, Robertson had “emerged as the best fit” for the school.
But it didn’t take the journalists of the Booster Redux long to realize that there was something very wrong.
More To It
Zach Fletcher, the spokesman for the school district, enthusiastically stated: “Robertson comes to Pittsburg with decades of experience in education.” The press release announcing the decision described Robertson as the CEO of Atticus I.S Consultants, which was “an education consulting firm [at which she] gained management experience at the equivalence of a building administrator and superintendent.”
She was due to begin her new position on July 1, 2017. Little did they know, there was a lot more to Robertson than met the eye.
At first, Destry Brown believed that Robertson had a lot to offer the school. “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,” he recalled in an interview with The Kansas City Star.
But he was so very wrong.
Only a month after Robertson was hired though, everything changed. The students working at The Booster Redux quickly realized that there was something off about the new staff member. Maddie Baden, who was 17 at the time, interviewed Robertson in order to “introduce the new principal to the community.”
But something the woman said didn’t sit well with her.