Sometimes my very rural community gets national news. For example, in the early 1960’s a propane truck ran down Plank Road which is one of the steeper roads in America, and flipped into Berlin and blew up part of the village. Otherwise, no one hears much about our woody acres. It is actually rather quiet but not that quiet. Namely, it still can make the news out here due to wild stuff going on just like any big city. This year’s News is about a teen party held in our next door tiny town, Stephentown. Seems 300 teens tore into a house that was going to be foreclosed and rioted there, causing a lot of destruction. Then the parents got mad because their wayward waifs posted online many detailed photos WITH their names!…showing them drinking illegally and taking drugs while wrecking the place.
And what has angered my neighbors the most? The fact that the world has learned about this! Amazing. The many rapes, riots and wild out of control illegal behavior of many teens no longer is covered up by community conspiracies due to the internet. And the ones at fault are the teens themselves who often gleefully post videos and pictures of them breaking the law. For some strange reason, while advertising their miscreant actions, they imagine the community blanket protection of the Code of Silence will operate as in the good old days.
There are very, very few blacks or half black families in the mountains here, it is mostly white families. The house attacked by the teens this last month is owned by a former NFL football player who grew up here and whose family went to the same schools my son went to. The football player, Mr. Holloway, has launched a web page complaining about the vandalism of his mansion here: Help Me Save 300
The many tweets with ‘selfie’ pictures taken by drugged/drunk teens decorates this site. When he asked the families of these kids to help clean up his property, only one showed up. The rest raised a ruckus because he violated the Code of Silence that lets kids run riot with no restraints. And boy, are they mightily pissed off. I didn’t know about this party since my son is long out of school, but it didn’t appear in our local papers at all. Dogs running loose get more coverage here.
So I was astonished to learn the news from national and even international news sites.
No arrests have been reported.
Word of the party had spread via social media, and it attracted students at high schools from the Albany area and western Massachusetts, Holloway said. Holloway, who’s now a motivational speaker, said he gave anti-drug and alcohol talks at some of those same schools during his playing days, which included an appearance in Super Bowl XX, when the Patriots lost to the Chicago Bears.
Holloway said the partiers broke about 10 windows and glass doors, punched dozens of holes in the walls, dragged kegs of beer across oak floors and left behind an “enormous amount” of graffiti. His $20,000 damage estimate does not include personal items that were stolen.
Several teens who weren’t at the party but heard about it showed up this week and helped remove urine-soaked carpets and 10 large trash bags filled with liquor bottles, Holloway said, adding that drug paraphernalia also was found scattered about his property.
Holloway, a father of eight, said he used Twitter postings to compile 200 names of teens he said were at the party. He has been posting them on a website – helpmesave300 – in an effort to get them to come forward, take responsibility for their actions and change their behavior.
He just shattered the illusion of ‘law and order’ in them thar hills. I had to deal with disorderly teens when I moved here. They tried to vandalize my property and I went relentlessly after them including going to their school and the sheriff and other even more devious things. Finally, after three years they all got the message. ‘Outsiders’ are ‘fair game’ in much of rural America. And it is a dangerous games for the people playing it. One reason I didn’t fall for the Trayvon scam was, he was an out of control teen tossed out of school and was visiting his father’s girlfriend and was roaming about the community, acting oddly.
Kids in my community would probe the adults, too. Hoping to get a ‘jump’ on things, of course. Once they discover the persons they are hassling are dangerous, they melt away to find someone else to torment. In the case of this story, knowing these teens rather well, I suspect the son of the property owner egged his buddies into trashing the mansion because a bank was foreclosing on it.
Some of those same kids are now blasting him after Brian’s dad posted their names and photos online as cops investigate the drug- and drink-fueled bash.
“People I know who were at the party contacted me, going on rants,” said Brian Jr., a student at the University of Southern Florida. “There were no apologies or explanations [for the vandalism].”
As The Post first reported yesterday, the parents of several of the revelers have threatened Brian Sr., a former New England Patriots offensive lineman, with lawsuits and physical harm for publicly outing their brats.
Here are some more stories: Report: Brian Holloway Threatened by Parents of Kids Who Trashed House, Say He Will ‘Ruin’ Their College Plans | NFL | NESN.com and Ex-NFL star Brian Holloway may be sued by parents of teens who allegedly trashed his upstate NY home – NY Daily News. The problem here is, if the teen son of someone tells his buddies to trash a house, it is still ILLEGAL. If a kid tells his friends to beat up his dad, this would also be ILLEGAL. If he asked anyone to terrorize his family, it is ILLEGAL.
The teen asking for trouble should be punished but also his stupid friends who did what he asked. It is all quite illegal.
TMZ has learned … Holloway owes a whopping $1,006,348.80 on the house … it appears he was delinquent on paying his mortgage and the bank then demanded payment of the entire balance.
Brian hasn’t lived in the home for a long time — he’s in Florida — and neighbors tell us they thought the house was abandoned. In fact, before the blow-out bash, neighbors say kids staged a number of parties in the house — which has no furniture.
Neighbors think the kids who Brian is now attacking are getting a bad rap. They say there was already plenty of damage to the home before the party in question — broken doors and damaged floors. And … there was plenty of preexisting graffiti covering the walls.
Detroit has many abandoned houses. They are vandalized, invaded, abused, parties, drugs, drinking, howling, screaming, arson…you name it, the mobs there indulge in near continuous criminal trespass. It is illegal to enter ‘abandoned’ properties. If no one owns it, a bank owns it or the government owns it due to past taxes, etc. Any community that allows trespass ends up like Detroit. I lived in a neighborhood in NYC that was trashed, looted and burned because the lights went out one hot summer night.
It was rendered virtually uninhabitable. The riots were illegal. There was no excuse. And the vandalization continued to rage for a YEAR after the riots as people simply trespassed, looted, maimed and destroyed not just the ruined properties by all properties. This is true in my town, too. We have empty houses here. Some are owned by part time residents, for example, and some are in receivership. The point is, no one is allowed to enter and wreck these properties.
One family of criminals here were invading homes of ‘outsiders’ until they tangled with me and I got their license number and ID and got the sheriff to go after them. They didn’t like it and threatened me with violence so I simply had one more charge to put them out of their misery. Back to this messy business that brought Berlin High and the other high schools in this ‘safe’ community is this:
The teen son of Holloway visited his friends up here just before the several parties that led to the police showing up. He wants to be famous! Well, he may get his wish but I doubt he will like it when it happens. The buddies of this kid are certainly no longer boasting in public about being vandals and drunks. They want to go to college and…be wild party dudes and chicks! Have fun! And that will turn out really badly, too. And mommy and daddy won’t be able to sue the schools after their kids fall off the wagon, either.
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