Last week, The Buffalo News reported a story about a teenage cat sitter who threw a party at the home she was looking after on Dec. 27, resulting in the owners returning from their trip to Costa Rica to a completely trashed house. Even more noteworthy was the fact that the roughly 50 kids who attended this party, committing vandalism and theft along the way, came from Buffalo area’s best high schools: City Honors School, Nardin Academy, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Canisius High School.
The story has obviously struck a chord with people everywhere, generating more than 800 comments on The Buffalo News website and catching fire on social media.
On Tuesday, City Honors School Principal William A. Kresse issued a letter to City Honors parents stating that 19 current students and seven recent graduates have so far been identified as part of the incident. He also said that he and his staff are as disturbed by what transpired as parents are, and encouraged parents to contact the Buffalo Police if they believe their child may have been involved.
A number of current and former City Honors parents have expressed concern that the City Honors' students participation in the destructive event is a sign of broader and more serious social problems among students at the school. Kresse responded in his letter that if anyone is worried about "institutional decay" at the school, they can "put them to rest."
"Student performance and the quality of our campus are at an all-time high," he stated.
Below is his letter to parents.
-- Sandra Tan