City Honors Principal Responds to House Party Involving Students

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 6:34 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

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January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 6:34 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) City Honors Principal, Dr. William Kresse sent a letter out to parents and the school community regarding a house party, that is currently under investigation by Buffalo Police.

Kresse told Eyewitness News "We've received positive feedback on the letter that went out to parents, students, alumni, former parents and friends yesterday. During my nine years as principal here, I have always worked to be as direct and open with our school community as possible. Whether good news or a difficult discussion, I think this helps to build a cohesive relationship with stakeholders. Any school leader who believes their students or school are perfect is doing themselves a disservice. The key is to discuss these things head-on and to be proactive. The letter was also intended to provide with our families with important information on how they can obtain support for their child and how to assist with the efforts to hold students accountable."

The house party happened last month, when according to the homeowners, they returned home from vacation in Costa Rica to find their house completed destroyed. The said they left a teenaged family friend in charge to take care of their seven cats.

Kresse said at this point the school does not have jurisdiction over the investigation and cannot take an action on students at the point.

The letter that Kresse sent out on January 28th, in which he urged parents to contact police if they believe their child was involved, reads in part:

"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."

The entire letter is available on City Honor's website.