Brian Holloway, a former NFL offensive lineman with the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots, is using Twitter to track down teenagers who trashed his family’s vacation home in upstate New York during a Labor Day weekend party.
Holloway, who resides in Lutz, Fla., where he was at the time, heard about the rampaging teens from a son who was receiving information via Twitter about the out-of-control party, which police estimate was attended by 200 to 400 people. Holloway didn’t believe the youths were at his home in Stephentown, N.Y., until he recognized his dining room table, upon which a photo showed people dancing.
Estimates put the damage at more than $20,000, not including items that were stolen from the home. The damage included broken windows and doors, holes in walls and graffiti. Before Holloway could contact police, tweets told of police arriving and partygoers dispersing across the 200-acre property.
There are two punch lines here: Holloway and his family watched it unfold on Twitter, which they’re using to track down the culprits, and the former pro football player wants to help reform the teenagers.
“We were getting eyewitness reports of what was happening while it was happening,” Holloway said. “We couldn’t believe what was going down.”
Although some teenagers have been identified, according to school officials in the area, no arrests have been reported.
Holloway said he compiled a list of 200 names of teens he believes were at the party and posted them on a website he created, www.helpmesave300.com, to see if they will take responsibility for their actions.
“Any kids where this makes sense to go to a party like this and be a part of that, this kid’s in trouble,” Holloway said.
Internet reports and wire services contributed to this report.