This is why high school kids love life, but everyone else hates their stupid, selfish antics – and we mean that in the most endearing way possible.
Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway and his family left their Stephentown, NY home over Labor Day weekend. Set on 200 acres of land, Holloway’s home is no small thing. With him out of town, approximately 300 teenagers from around the area broke in and absolutely raged their faces off.
Roughly $20,000 worth of damage was exacted on his home. Family heirlooms were even stolen.
The whole entire event, and all of the destruction, was voluntarily made open to the public because those at the party thought it would be a great idea to post pictures to various social media platforms. Generally speaking, that would have been a terrible idea. Holloway could have easily gotten the cops involved, rounded up these hundreds of kids and given them all police records.
Holloway, however, has done no such thing. He has posted all the pictures he has been able to find to a new website, HelpMeSave300.com. As the URL indicates, he has done so in an effort not to shame these kids, but instead to try to get them to turn their lives around – and basically to get them to realize that they can’t just go around trashing people’s homes.
A father of eight, here’s part of the summary Holloway posted to the site. He is asking for help in the rebuilding process, as well as donations.
What is even more dangerous and shocking beyond the crimes, drugs and alcohol was reading the tweets and hearing them celebrate their destruction and documenting their crimes.
That’s How I Know
They Are In “Real” Trouble
And Have Put Themselves
In Harm’s Way
However, I believe that “their ultimate party” of crimes can in fact become the ultimateTurning Point in the lives of these 300.
I really do.
Tammy and I have 8 children, and we’ve also live and pray during those long nights when our children go out, for them to make good decision.
For 30 years I’ve worked with Governors of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis and New York’s, Mario Cuomo’s DARE programs; to provide the support, education and leadership to students who are at risk; peer pressure is real.
Students do die from drugs and alcohol.
It’s the most painful thing in the world.
Like all parents; every time I have looked down at the caskets of my children’s classmates…I am haunted by a single question –
Could I have done something
to prevent this?
Well, I am still haunted…
Today, I know I can do something; I know we can do something; to turn these kids around.
I do know for a fact, if I do nothing, if we do nothing regarding these 300 students, we will have missed our chance to take a stand for their future.
Holloway held a house-cleaning party once he returned, and a handful of teens from the community showed up to help clean up.
For more documentation of the rager, including photos and tweets, visit HelpMeSave300.com.