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Cheers and jeers

September 21, 2013
The Leader Herald

JEERS - To poor parenting. Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway's rural vacation home in Rensselaer County was trashed during a Labor Day weekend party attended by 200 to 400 teenagers. Holloway said the partiers caused at least $20,000 in damage, breaking windows and doors, punching holes in walls and spraying graffiti. He saw this unfold live on Twitter - and now he's using the teens' posts to reveal their identities and try to set them on a better path. The teens smashed windows and glass doors, graffiti was written throughout, urine stains were in the carpet, holes were in the ceilings, and they stole an eagle statue that was part of a memorial for Holloway's stillborn son. How have some of the parents reacted? They've contacted attorneys to sue Holloway for identifying them. Parents' reaction to this unacceptable behavior should be to punish and nurture the youths, not to reach for the phone to call a lawyer. Some may refer to the vandalism as teens not thinking. As teens, we all may have done something stupid, but the reaction from some parents involved is nothing less than poor parenting.



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