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Video: “Help Me Save 300″

posted at 6:14 pm on September 19, 2013 by

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:

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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.

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Live by Twitter, die by twitter…or at least get your stupid azz caught.

cozmo on September 19, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Wow…there is no future for this country if you go off of what those kids put on Instagram and Twitter.

Sad thing is we know how this will end…with parents suing the player and others for bad mouthing their kids. I pray that a couple of these kids fail to get a job or into a college due to their actions. This isn’t kids being kids or throwing an egg at a house or something minor! These kids broke in, destroyed, vandalized to the price of tens of thousands if I had to guess.

nextgen_repub on September 19, 2013 at 7:16 PM

“Our child would NEVER do such a thing!”

-Parents of the Guilty

portlandon on September 19, 2013 at 7:31 PM

There are a lot of good kids in today’s world, but there also are a lot who think they’re entitled to do whatever they want and think there should be no consequences. I see it all the time where I work…they screw up, blow things off, miss deadlines, and then when the crud hits the fan they want to know what YOU’RE going to do to fix it. They walk around like zombies, eyes glued to their cell phones, afraid they might miss something between classes. It’s disturbing.

scalleywag on September 19, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Um sorry. If there are no consequences for what kids do, they’ll do more.

smoothsailing on September 19, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Media will start character assassination in 3…..2…..1

How dare he try to save souls! ACLU will get on this shortly.

simkeith on September 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM

… Former New England Patriot Brian Holloway

…a good Patriot?

KOOLAID2 on September 19, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I think these kids needed a good spanking, but it’s 5-10 years too late now.

Socratease on September 19, 2013 at 11:06 PM

I don’t understand why none of them were arrested when the cops were there.

Ronnie on September 20, 2013 at 12:03 AM

@smoothsailing – yep. If you want to save them in the long term, letting them go to jail would be an excellent first step.

mrsknightley on September 20, 2013 at 7:22 AM

God has blessed you Brian thank you for blessing others

Grunt on September 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

@smoothsailing – yep. If you want to save them in the long term, letting them go to jail would be an excellent first step.

mrsknightley on September 20, 2013 at 7:22 AM

I’m thinking the same thing. Although with upwards of 300 kids, you are looking at having to BUILD a prison.

Perhaps a temporary sex-segregated encampment out in the wilderness where they are only allowed to eat, sleep, attend the prison school, do enforced exercise and be part of light labor gangs for the next couple years would be appropriate?

Basically living in either military tents or rough cabins, having to do much of the work to keep up the buildings themselves with regular inspections? Similar to a wartime POW camp. Perhaps there could even be some former drill sergeants as instructors.

Basically make it very hard on them, but not rough enough to turn them all into hardened criminals. Tough Love, as it were. That certainly seems appropriate.

wearyman on September 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM

And, now, some of the parents are going to try and sue him – because he put their kids’ names on the website.

GWB on September 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I would have been humiliated by my parents. They would have made me cleanup, pay for damages and been grounded for life. Then again I would never have done anything to enrage my Army Col. father. Past experience taught me well.

faol on September 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

If all that had happened to my home, I don’t think I’d have the patience and restraint Holloway has shown.

JetBoy on September 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM

And, now, some of the parents are going to try and sue him – because he put their kids’ names on the website.

GWB on September 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I think what he’s trying to do is a great thing. But for those parents suing him, I’d press criminal charges against their kids. Kids learn things from their parents, including that they don’t have to take responsibility for their actions. It’s time both the kids and their parents take responsibility… even if it’s a painful learning experience.

dominigan on September 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Bring Brat Camp back.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brat_Camp

Logus on September 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM

I understand the some of the parents of the 300 have banded together and are preparing to sue Brian Holloway. Shame. What a bunch of losers.

paulsur on September 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM