May 20, 2015 9:40 PM
Chester Police Chief Bill Burke gives us just a sample of what cops confiscated from a post-prom part for Pinkerton Academy students at first grade teacher Steffany Maloney’s home in Chester.
Burke says Maloney’s daughter and two dozen of her teenage friends were found inside and around the home at around three o’clock last Sunday morning. One of them—14 years old. Cops found most of them drinking, vomiting or passed out—while Maloney was inside the home.
"In this day and age, if you don't know that's wrong, there's something amiss.” Especially, Burke says, since this mother of two is a teacher and their father is a retired police officer.
"I think it was a violation of trust, I think the parents felt comfortable, those who knew their kids were there."
Maloney is on paid administrative leave from Gossler Park Elementary and is charged with facilitating an underage drinking party.
Most of the parents, waiting to pick up their kids at school, were not forgiving.
"She's a teacher and she should know better not to be doing things like that," says Eric Hanel. Grandmother Karen Daneault, was disappointed. "My grandson had her for first grade teacher, and he loved her. He was upset yesterday when he heard the news," says Daneault.
Another unidentified mother—fiercely defensive of Maloney—demanded we stop covering the story.
"Excuse me, I'm asking you to put those [cameras] away!" Gossler Park Elementary administrators will only tell NH1 News that Maloney has been a teacher since 1997. They wouldn’t address the post-prom drinking party.
Pinkerton Academy leaders declined to be interviewed on the phone or on camera. However, they released this statement:
Pinkerton Academy has not been made aware by Chester Police of any connection between any of its students and an alleged house party. We would be disappointed to learn if any students made poor choices and we are internally reviewing the situation. Glenn Ahrens, Dean of Students, Pinkerton Academy
Burke says he has not yet contacted Pinkerton Academy because his team is still compiling evidence and deciding which teens caught at the party will face charges.
In the meantime, Burke—while packing up the bottles of confiscated hard liquor bottles—offers some advice to other parents considering hosting a post-prom drinking party for teens.
“This stuff is bad news.”
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