Thu February 6, 2014
Police continue probe into teen Parkside neighborhood party
Buffalo Police are continuing their probe into a party where young people trashed a home in the city's Parkside neighborhood, while students from the schools continue their own investigation.
The Binder family, which owns the home on Florence Avenue near Parkside Avenue, was away when a cat-sitter invited a few friends over to a party December 27. The owners said the house was trashed and property and cash were stolen.
Police are investigating, but there hasn't been any word of a decision on what to do.
The three private schools involved, Nardin Academy, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and Canisius High School, are investigating and can expel their students. Public schools like City Honors School have very limited power to do much about an event outside of school.
Superintendent Pamela Brown says City Honors has investigated.
"It occurred on a day that was not a school day. It was off campus. I believe during the weekend. So, we absolutely regret the fact that this occurred and certainly the possibility that students from one of our schools were involved. I know that the principal has addressed it appropriately," said Brown.
Insiders say much will depend on whether or not there are criminal charges or if the situation will be handled privately or through civil courts.
There is also the issue of electronic records since some of the dozens of young people present took pictures and posted them on social media pages where they have been accessed to show who was there and what they did.
Shortly after the incident was made public, Canisius High School issued a statement saying "We are very concerned about this behavior by these young men. Regardless of their youth, this is unacceptable. In addition to conducting our own internal investigation, and providing full cooperation with any police action, we will assist our families and community in taking action to hold these students accountable."
City Honors principal William Kresse also issued a letter.
"Many of you were shocked and saddened by the report's that any of our students would participate in such conduct. As an International Baccalaureate school, part of our mission is to develop learners that are principled, caring, reflective and balanced. The activities of December 27 do not reflect the values of our nearly one thousand students from throughout the city of Buffalo who come together, regardless of means, to study in an accelerated setting. Our families appreciate the opportunity this institution represents and the challenge of higher expectations. Our faculty and I are as disturbed by this event as you are. It is difficult to reconcile the young people described by our local media with the children we interact with every day."