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"Stephentown 300" crash party parents might sue. Would you?

"Stephentown 300" crash party parents might sue. Would you?

vote-to-winIt was just a party. A typical teenager crash party.

OK, so things got a little out of hand. But that’s sleepy Stephentown, NY. Folks who live there wouldn’t know a normal teenager crash party if it showed up on the front page of the New York Post.

OK, so it did show up on the front page of the New York Post, but that’s only because the party went a little crazy, like crash parties sometimes do. But what do you think’s going to happen when you invite three hundred teenagers over for an all-you-can-drink crash bash?

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OK, so nobody invited those teenagers over; they just showed up. So why not lock up the booze? Tell ‘em to leave? Call the police! Is this rocket science?

OK, so the owner was out of town. (How convenient.) So three hundred teenagers broke into his house, got drunk, went bonkers. If that’s how it went down, how come the Stephentown police arrested just six of the 300 party-teens? You've got weddings with a higher arrest rates than that.

OK, so the Stephentown police say they’ll press charges against as many two hundred of the teen revelers. (Promises, promises.) How about nobody’s-proven-anything-here? Other than windows getting broken, walls getting punctured, carpets getting soaked with urine. Stupid kid stuff. Since when is that a capital offense?

OK, so the stupid kids left behind $40,000 of damage. First, $40,000 goes a lot faster than it used to. Second, the guy who owns the house—his name is Brian Holloway—used to play football for the then-Los Angeles Raiders and the New England Patriots. An NFL football star! What’s $40k to him?

And, wait a sec. Did you hear what Brian Holloway did?

Those teenagers posted their goofy drunken party photos on their social media accounts. Brian Holloway copied those photos—without their permission!—and posted those images on his Twitter account. He said he wanted to hold them accountable for their actions.

Who does Brian Holloway think he is, anyway?

That’s what parents of some of these teenagers want to know. Holloway says these parents are threatening to sue him. Some news reports say it's because he’s wrecked their kids’ chances of getting into a good college. “You would not believe the calls that have come in, threatening to firebomb me or hurt or sue me—any manner of things,” Holloway told the New York Post.

Then again, those parents may have a case. When Holloway compiled his "Stephentown 300" list and posted it on his social media accounts, he may indeed have been violating the teens' right to the presumption of innocence.

"If you made it on this list that’s now on his internet site then there’s a presumption that you were involved. And that’s something that makes me very uncomfortable," attorney Michele Sileo told Fox News. “Those parents do have a case against him [if their] children...weren’t involved.”

So, was Holloway’s action out of line? Or was it a reasonable response to the violation of his property?

What’s your take? Cast your vote.

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