Let’s review: Brian Holloway is a man who owns a home in upstate New York. He happens to be a retired NFL player, but that is only incidental to the story. Labor Day weekend, Holloway was out of town, and 300 teenagers trashed his house.
Like, really trashed it. Spray painted the walls, peed on the floor, broke a bunch of stuff. Holloway had an eagle statue that was part of a memorial for his stillborn grandson. They stole that. They caused about $20,000 in damages. We’re talking about real crimes here.
Holloway knows who they all are because they posted pictures of the destruction on the Internet. Instead of pressing charges and sending these kids through the impersonal judicial system to end up with records, Holloway invited them to make it right through a website called www.helpmesave300.com. He identified those responsible and asked only that they come help him clean up, repaint and return his property.
And it looks like he’s about to get sued.
Yeah. Brian Holloway is the one who might get sued.
"Parents have threatened me," Holloway told ABC News. "Your kids are in my house breaking and stealing my stuff and you are mad at me because I posted pictures that they took and posted themselves of them partying and tearing things up?"
Holloway was planning on hosting some military veterans at his home on Saturday. He invited the teenagers and their parents to come survey the damage and make amends.
"I expected 100 parents to show,” he said. “Only one showed up.”
And that’s the story of how 300 teenagers think it’s OK to destroy someone else’s property.
Nobody has been arrested yet. Holloway hasn’t decided whether or not to press charges. His goal, he said, was to teach these kids some accountability, and to stop them from following a path to personal destruction.
That’s usually something parents do, but not everybody has those.