Video: “Help Me Save 300”
posted at 6:14 pm on September 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Is this Sparta? No … it’s madness, or at least it started that way. Former New England Patriot Brian Holloway discovered while on a trip to Florida that 300 teenagers broke into his home to hold a wild party, doing massive damage to his house and belongings. Holloway then started tracking down Twitter and texting traffic to identify the teenagers, working with local police to put together a list of the perpetrators. But Holloway isn’t looking for revenge, or even justice — Holloway wants to save the souls of the 300:
Investigators with the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office documented the damage finding walls spray painted, windows broken, floors scuffed by beer kegs and soaked with urine.
But Holloway says that isn’t even the worst of it. He says someone stole an eagle statue that was part of a memorial for his stillborn grandson and very important to his family.
Police say the statue may not be that hard to find, because the person – more specifically the young woman – who may have it posted a photo on social media. A photo on the unnamed female’s account shows her holding the eagle.
Disgusting. The statue has since been returned, but that’s only the start for Holloway. As CNN discovered, Holloway wants to rescue the teenagers from themselves:
“I blew past furious to what’s important: How do we save these 300 lives that thought this was a good idea?” Holloway said.
He began a campaign to not only hold the teens responsible, but to also address the problem of teen alcohol and drug use.
“So I used the same technology they did to communicate to them and unveil this conversation that was going on,” Holloway said.
He compiled a list of the tweets and photos from the party to identify the teens, and he created a website, www.helpmesave300.com.
“We have 170 tweets with people and their pictures, so we know who was there just by doing security searches with the sheriffs,” Holloway said.
As a result of his work with law enforcement, he says that 200 partygoers have been identified and the last 100 will be in the next few days.
His website has pictures of some of the perpetrators, too, along with their texts and tweets. His intent, though, is to teach them why what they did was wrong rather than just punish them. Let’s hope his mission is successful, and that the lesson spreads.