A Labor Day weekend party that drew 300 wild teenagers and caused $20,000 worth in damages is resulting in threats and a charity effort.
But the threats aren’t from former Patriots offensive lineman Brian Holloway, who was the one who got to find out that his house had been destroyed by unruly kids.
And the charity effort isn’t from people trying to recoup the money he lost.
Rather, Holloway has started an online group called Help Me Save 300 to raise money to try to help the same teenagers who trashed his house. And the threats? Well, they’re coming from the parents of the kids involved in the party, who Holloway says are upset at him for posting photos of the teenagers on his website (which he could do because the teenagers posted tons of photos of themselves after wrecking his house).
Here’s what happened: Holloway’s vacant home in Stephentown, N.Y., which he is trying to sell, was broken into and used by 300 teenagers for a Labor Day weekend party, according to wnyt.com. About $20,000 worth of damage was done, and teenagers posted photos of themselves partying (after previously using the Internet to advertise the upcoming party). Holloway has since posted about 90 names of kids he’s been able to tie to the party, angering some parents.
“Yeah, I got some threats, you know, ‘We’re gonna get you, and we know where your home is,’ and you know ‘houses do get firebombed,’” Holloway told wnyt.com.
But Holloway’s reason for posting the photos — and arriving back in town to check out the damage — isn’t to get the kids in trouble. He’s instead talking about encouraging the community to point the teenagers in a different direction.
Holloway’s Help Me Save 300 effort aims “to help straighten the paths” of the teenagers involved, according to Deadspin. The screenshots of tweets and photos Holloway has posted online are his way “to try and meet and speak with” the kids who did the damage.
Holloway will take donations to fix the house, which he’s trying to sell for about $1.5 million, but he says the focus is on helping the teenagers.
“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,” he wrote in a statement on his website.
He also wrote about having “looked down at the caskets of my children’s classmates” and wanting to know whether he could “do something.”
Check out Holloway’s effort on helpmesave300.com, and take a look at some photos of local teenagers who came to help Holloway clean up on Tuesday below.
Saratoga Seen (@saratogaseen) September 17, 2013
Former NE Patriot Brian Holloway and the teens who came to clean his trashed home in Stephentown, NY, today. http://t.co/lZtq8tuGtl—
Phil Demers (@BE_PhilD) September 17, 2013
Photo via Twitter/@BE_PhilD