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Canisius High School posts apology for 'incident' involving camp students

Canisius High School posted a message on its website Friday regarding an incident on a bus that involved students in a summer camp for seventh-grade boys sponsored by the school.

The message published on behalf of the high school, written by Ginger Geoffery, director of communications at Canisius High School, does not state what happened aboard the bus, but acknowledges "that people in the community are upset by the incident" and the "Canisius community is upset and saddened as well."

One TV news station, WGRZ, reported earlier this week that the incident involved students wearing white bags, like KKK hoods, and that African-American students aboard the bus felt uncomfortable as a result.

"As we examine this incident, we are deeply troubled this happened at a Canisius High School-sponsored summer camp for seventh-grade boys from our WNY community," stated the message posted to the Canisius High School website.

"In this case, because it involved seventh-grade boys, we made the decision not to exclude or expel those involved as an extension of grace, and as an opportunity to educate, and to help shape these young lives for the future that lies ahead for them," stated the message.

"We are continually looking for ways to grow in our understanding of people from all segments of our community. We are a school of good learning and good teaching – and we have learned through this recent experience. We regret deeply the hurt and discord this incident has caused in our Buffalo community."

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