We hear about all of the “bad” kids and how it is video games, music, movies and TV that are responsible for the bad behavior. They are “influenced” by what they see, what they hear and the games they play, we are told.
This writer has always said and continues to say, HORSE FEATHERS! It is not the music, it is not the TV shows they watch, nor is it the movies or video games, it is the PARENTS. We have a country full of parents who believe that their little angels can do no wrong, kids who they have taught from infancy that they are perfect and that their feelings should never be hurt. These parents have taught their children that when something bad happens to them it is always someone else who is to blame, they never do anything wrong. They have taught them that they should have anything they want and that they are the most important people in the world.
This was demonstrated recently when 300 teens broke into the vacation home of former New England Patriots star player, Brian Holloway outside of Albany, New York over the Labor Day weekend to have a party. These undisciplined BRATS did tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to his home while gleefully tweeting and instagramming about the carnage. They proudly posted pictures of what they were doing to another person’s property with no thought at all of what it may mean to the owner or how much it was going to cost him.
Was that enough disrespect? Apparently not, at least not for the parents of these delinquents. No, they had to take it to another level. After Holloway posted the photographs and tweets he found online, the very photographs that their “little angels” first posted themselves, on a page that he set up to solicit aid in finding them in order to hold them accountable for their actions, these parents decided that the best way to handle the situation and turn this into a “learning experience” for their wayward children was to threaten him with a lawsuit because HE has ruined the lives of their children!
According to these sad excuses for parents their children may be deprived of their “right” to attend the college of their choice, one with sufficient prestige to be worthy of their perfect child. Some say that their children are being unfairly harassed at school because their participation has been exposed by this evil man.
The teens themselves are CRIMINALS but the parents in this case should be held criminally responsible for aiding and abetting after the fact. They raised these monsters and they are continuing to train them up in the ways of seeing the world as their oyster, something that is there only to make them happy and give them anything that they desire. They are the ones who have taught them that no matter what, they can do no wrong and they continue to do so.
And, here is the amazing letter written by “Kelly” to the parents of the teens who did the trashing:
What planet do you live on?
Last week, word got out that your children had broken into a home in Stephentown and threw a party. More than 300 of them partied and drunkenly smashed windows, urinated on the floors, stood on tables, punched holes in the ceiling and stole a statue that was part of a memorial for the owner’s stillborn grandson. Oh, it gets better. Before, during and after the party, they tweeted about it and posted pictures of themselves engaged in this behavior.
Way to go.
The house is owned by former NFL player Brian Holloway. It is his second residence, paid for in part by his Super Bowl bonus. He lives in Florida and the Stephentown house is on the market. He watched this unfold online while at his home in Florida. Instead of demanding the arrest of your kids, he instead created a website, www.helpmesave300.com where he reposted their photos, identified the people involved, and called for ways to reach out to young people and show them that there are better ways to spend their time than drinking, drugs and vandalism.
He is a better person than I would have been in that position. It takes class and compassion to see beyond the urine stained carpets, broken windows, damaged walls and blatant disrespect to reach out to your kids. He even offered to welcome these derelicts back to his house for a picnic, where they would work together to make repairs and clean up the mess they left behind. I don’t know that the rest of us would have been able to react the same way.
And one kid showed up. One, out of the 300 teens who were there.
Instead of dragging your kids back to apologize and clean up the mess, you lashed out at Brian Holloway, threatened to firebomb his house, and are now planning to sue him. For what? For identifying your kids online. Well guess what? Your little Johnny did that himself the minute he tweeted that iPhone photo standing on the dining room table, holding a red solo cup filled with beer.
Look, I don’t blame you for what your kids did. Heck, I don’t even really blame them. Teens will be teens, and they do stupid things sometimes. We’ve all been there. It’s not fair to judge parents on the mistakes their kids make. It is how you handle that behavior afterwards that reflects on you as a parent.
Instead of sitting little Johnny down and reminding him that what he did is not acceptable and then dragging him by the collar to apologize to Mr. Holloway, you chose instead to harass and threaten the victim. Let’s not forget here, your child victimized this man by destroying his home. How dare you respond with anything other than regret, embarrassment, and a sincere apology instead of righteous indignation, threats of violence and lawsuits.
Parents like you are responsible for an entire generation that expects the world handed to them, because you have given it to them all along. Instead of teaching your kids to work hard and earn things, you give a trophy to every kid in youth sports and then hand them an iPhone in middle school. You are the parents screaming through the fence at the Little League umpire instead of teaching good sportsmanship. You are the ones criticizing the teacher instead of realizing they just want to help your child learn.
Can you please just step back and look at what you are doing to your kids? This is the generation that will grow up to lead our country and make decisions regarding our lives. I hope none of them are YOUR children.