TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Scandal has forced the person in power at a local high school tostep down. Police say the principal of Kenmore East stole from herown school, and they have the video tape to prove it.
Students News 4 spoke with, especially athletes, consider it ablack eye to them and to the school.
And the one question everyone keeps asking is 'why'?
Like many of her classmates, Samantha Price is proud of herschool's competitive reputation. As a senior at Kenmore East HighSchool, she's having a pretty good season on the softball team.
But the only thing people around school are talking about is thereason behind the resignation of Principal LuAnn Ostanski.
Price said, "I think it gives the school a really bad name. Likenot only does it embarrass her and the school, but all the otherthings we do with the school. We walk around and have a KenmoreEast jersey on and a lot of the parents turn around and say 'ohthat's where the principal got caught stealing money.'"
Police in the Town of Tonawanda tell News 4 the 54-year-oldadmitted to stealing $160 dollars in cash from a school vault lastmonth, but only after seeing herself caught on tape!
Town of Tonawanda Police Lieutenant Nicholas Bado said, "Imagesshow her opening the drawer and reaching into cash bag."
At first, Ostanski called police to report that the money wasmissing!
Brian Castine's wife attended Kenmore East and his two childrenwill eventually be students there too.
Castine asked, "Was she always like that? Was she alwaysstealing money?"
News of the principal's confession to stealing five or six timeshas surprised everyone; not just parents and students in theKenmore East School District, but in other districts too.
While the news comes as a surprise to many, Buffalo School Boardmember Ralph Hernandez says people need to remember that nodistrict or field, for that matter, is immune to scandals.
Hernandez said, "Look at how many districts we have across thisregion, how many employees we have across this region and everyonce in a while something like this happens."
Price said, "It was kind of a shock. I mean, you hear about alot of other stuff happening at other schools and you think 'oh,nothing ever happens at our school.'"
Investigators tell News 4 surveillance was set up at the schoolbecause of an ongoing theft problem, but they won't tell us who setit up.
The district will only confirm Ostanski resigned as of Tuesdayafter being on the job since 2002.
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