In my last blog post and today's story, I indicated that none of the private high schools responded to The News' request for comment regarding the house party on Dec. 27 that left a Parkside home trashed. But I came into work today and found an email waiting for me from Fr. Joseph Costantino, president of Cansius High School. He sent me a lengthy email at 10 p.m. Wednesday because he said he'd been booked from morning to night with various events. So I followed up with him today.
He said the high school's dean of students is heading up Canisius's own internal investigation today regarding students who may have participated in the destructive house party that caused thousands of dollars in damage. According to police last week, there were six students from Canisius who were at the party. Fr. Joe said the school is working with police to determine if that's an accurate number, identify who the students are, and determine appropriate disciplinary action.
"If there are any kids, we want to see that that behavior is stopped," he said. "Throughout history, there’s always been some kids you can’t control. Parents have the problem, too."
Disciplinary outcomes for Canisius students could be wide ranging, he said, from community service to suspension and expulsion, depending on the extent to which the school determines the students may have been involved in wrongdoing. He agreed that private schools like Canisius, Nardin and St. Joseph's have more flexibility in issuing student sanctions for their involvement in the house party than a public school like City Honors.
"Private schools have a lot more options because it’s a privilege to come to any of the high schools that are private," he said.
He added, however, that Canisius High School will make disciplinary determinations in keeping with the Catholic school's pastoral philosophy.
"It’s got to be justice and mercy because you’ve got to look at to what extent were they involved," he said. "This is the great thing about the church. There are laws and rules, but you always apply them circumstantially and pastorally."
-- Sandra Tan