As many happen to know, certain teenage gatherings can get out of control. Today, underage drinking and illegal drugs are easier to obtain than before and can be found in abundance at big, wild parties. Ceaselessly, minors continue to glorify their forbidden actions online through social media. These parties rarely end well for the partiers and the owner of the house or even the house itself.
On the night of August 31, 200 to 400 reckless teenagers broke into Brian Holloway’s house of over 20 years in Stephentown, New York. The former NFL player, Holloway, was away in Tampa, Florida when this spectacle occurred.
While scrolling through his Twitter feed, Holloway’s son came across numerous tweets about a party at some Stephentown house. After further research, the unfortunate house turned out to be their own, and the son told Holloway the breaking news. Doubtful at first, Holloway then recognized the inside of the house from posted pictures and contacted the authorities. However, by that point, the damage could not have been prevented.
“I’m looking at these tweets and they’re saying, ‘I’m partying with the NFL.’ ‘I’ve never seen so much alcohol in my life’, ‘I can’t wake her up’, ‘Oh we’re being busted. We gotta hide. Get rid of all the drugs.’,” described Holloway in his interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN.
During that night about 300 teenagers trashed the Holloway residence, stole multiple objects, urinated on the floor, participated in underage drinking, used drugs, and mindlessly recorded all the evidence on social media.
“I think hardcore partying is dangerous and can lead you to do things you would’ve never done if you weren’t intoxicated. You’ll regret it, and you’ll die,” summed up sophomore Josephine Pulver. She strongly cautioned to not get involved in life-threatening situations.
Among the many stolen items was Holloway’s highly valued granite statue of an eagle that served as a headstone for his deceased grandson.
“If anything of that sort happened to me, I’d be very upset and get a lawyer. I would contact all of their parents, and make them pay for property damages,” said sophomore Brianna Oroz. She believes in taking a radical and effective approach to bringing the wrong-doers to justice.
Once back at his home, Holloway estimated the damages of broken doors and windows, graffitied and punched walls, and the scratched wooden floors to be about $20,000.
“They used a couple of different ways to enter the house,” explained Holloway in his interview. “They broke and kicked in a couple windows. They came in through one back door. They took a ladder and came in through the window.”
Following the incident, Holloway created a website http://www.helpmesave300.com, where he put up the screenshots of teens’ Twitter posts and photos in order to identify them. The website’s main purpose, however, is to highlight the consequences and dangers of underage drinking and violence, and to salvage the lives of those 300 party-goers.
“Anyway, see if any of these thoughts spark bigger and better ideas, their future is at stake,” wrote Holloway on his web-page with an intention to help those troubled students. “There’s so much more possible for their lives — if they can make this turn.”
In order to recover at least some parts of the house, 50 local volunteers helped to clean up the vandalized property. Sadly, only one of over 200 attendees was present. As of September 29, six people from 17 to 21 years of age have been arrested and charged. With the investigation continuing, more arrests are expected.