It was late one night in March 2016, when parents of children from Tamborine Mountain State High School jumped online to discuss the school’s principal Tracey Brose.
Brose had been suspended for alleged inappropriate behaviour, but was reinstated two months later after the allegation was unproven.
Throughout her suspension, parents created a petition and private Facebook group in support of the principal.
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And while most of the online comments were complimentary, others were highly critical and abusive.
A number of parents used the forum to attack Brose, who after her reinstatement sued eight parents for defamation.
Donna and Miguel Baluskas’ son Harrison was expelled from Tamborine Mountain after making an inappropriate comment on the school bus.
The Baluskas told 60 Minutes, and earlier alleged in court, that Brose called their son a sexual predator, which she denied.
“I wrote that she’s nothing but an evil, nasty, horrible person,” said Donna Baluskas. “And she brought so much pain and suffering to our family and others.
“What she did to our son was evil.”
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The negative comments from some parents sparked others to share their thoughts, as well.
“It was 1.30am, I’d had a couple bourbons and I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook,” Trudie Arnold said.
“There was some horrendous comments on there, like, really, really bad ones. Someone wanted her dead, some called her dreadful names, horrible. I thought ‘Oh bugger it, I’ll have a go too’.”