Fascinating question (on parents.) I'd like to know what the parents will do. And opening the checkbook, as noted, is not the answer. Respect for others and for their property was lacking. I also don't let off the hook those who were present, but didn't do a thing.
There are a couple things that have changed, and fraternities and others need to get with the program:
- The Internet. Stories like this go viral quickly, and don't go away.
- What is socially acceptable. Those in a position of privilege have long "gotten away with" heinous behavior. This is changing, and I'm glad for it. Just because you used to be able to be an asshat doesn't mean that you have license to do the same thing now.