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City Honors principal responds to student participation in house party gone wrong

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

Principal Kresse's 1-28-14 letter

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

@DeidreWilliamsB | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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