Over Labor Day weekend former NFL offensive tackle for the New England Patriots, Brian Holloway, was in Tampa, Florida, leaving his second house in Albany, NY empty. Holloway’s son started to notice tweets about teens planning to party in their upstate home. Not only had 300 teens broken into the family home to drink illegally, they caused over 20,000 dollars’ worth of damage. They broke items, stole items, urinated on the floors, stole a statue that commemorated a stillborn child and spray painted graffiti over the home. Oh, and they recorded the whole thing and uploaded it to social media platforms.
Holloway took the high road; he just asked that the stolen items be returned to his home. Holloway started a campaign “how do we save these 300 lives.” His reasoning is that there is something wrong with the upbringing and thought process of these underage teens. Not only did they commit crimes of breaking and entering, drinking underage, drug use, theft, etc. They also recorded themselves doing it and shared it with the world. How did they think they would get away with that? And after Holloway re-posted their tweets as part of his campaign, the parents of the 300 got upset with him.
He invited the 300 to come back and help him clean up his property for a military picnic he was having, and only one of the party-goers made an appearance.
To see Holloway’s Save the 300 website, click here: www.helpmesave300.com/ (The social media posts from the party are at the bottom of the page, if you scroll all the way down.)
The role of social media in this situation is very important. These students willingly posted to public domains about their illegal activities, and then were shocked when they were met with consequences. Their names and actions are now out on the internet for everyone to see. Potential colleges and employers will have access to their young and drunken tweets for the rest of their life, and the parents of these students are upset with the victim.
This was not a small group of high school students; it was a collective of 300. A mob of students that behaved terribly and illegally and were caught, because they incriminated themselves. Shouldn’t their parents be turning them in to authorities, not threatening Brian Holloway? Holloway and his son were aware that this was happening from their vacation in Tampa, they are the ones that called the police on the party, that’s how apparent and obvious their social media coverage of this event was.
The lack of logic and accountability is mind blowing.
This story has been picked up my many news sources, and caused public outcry. No one seems to understand. Kelly Lynch, for the Huffington Post, wrote an open letter to the parents of the 300, check it out here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-lynch/an-open-letter-to-the-parents-of-the-stephentown-300_b_3983962.html
The Associated Press posted this video to YouTube, detailing the damage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Dg8A3o13c
This event calls for serious discussion, on several different levels. Comment below to share your thoughts.