Locals have rallied behind a school principal who was embroiled in a parent-teacher row that sparked an ambush on her home and cost her more than $400,000 in legal fees.
Tracey Brose, the principal at Tamborine Mountain State High School on the Gold Coast, took legal action against a group of parents over derogatory remarks they made about her in 2016.
The extraordinary four-year row began with a social media stoush that escalated when a parent smashed up her home, with Ms Brose's husband forced to pull a knife on the attacker.
The feud finally ended on Friday with Ms Brose awarded $6,000 in damages from parents Donna and Miguel Baluskas.
Ms Brose was handed nearly $200,000 in out-of-court settlements with a number of other parents, but she was left more than $400,000 down following the legal battle.
The Tambourine Mountain community launched a GoFundMe page to help Ms Brose pay off her legal debt after she 'put her entire livelihood on the line' to stand up for Australia's teachers.
Tracey Brose, principal at Tamborine Mountain State High School in Queensland, took legal action against a group of parents over derogatory comments made against her in 2016
'Needless to say, the emotional, physical and financial toll this has placed on Tracey, her husband and children, is unfathomable. This includes an attack on her home when one of the parents involved broke her front door down and terrified her family,' the page reads.
'Tracey has always stated that this was never about the money and only wanted to stand up for what is right and give teachers and other professionals a path forward should they find they are in the same situation.'
The four-year stoush began when parents started a petition to encourage the education minister to reinstate Ms Brose following her temporary suspension in 2014.
On Facebook, and in the comments section of the petition, some parents wrote defamatory statements about Ms Brose, with one even claiming she was a 'lying, manipulative bully, who gets off by belittling as many people as she can'.
A number of parents from Tamborine Mountain, the only state high school in the small community of just 7000, chose to remove the comments.
Others had planned to argue their case in court but later settled when Ms Brose asked for $150,000 in damages.
But parents Donna and Miguel Baluskas refused to give in, spending four years trying to prove they were the victims.
The battle between the parents and principal turned volatile when Mr Baluskas turned up to Ms Brose's home late on the night on May 21, 2018.
He demanded she let him inside, but she refused.
Mr Baluskas' told them to 'open the door and talk to me or I'll open the door myself'.
Shocking footage of the incident shows Mr Baluskas smashing the glass window of Ms Brose's family home as he attempted to force his way inside.
Ms Brose's terrified children ran upstairs and barricaded themselves inside a cupboard.
His 25-minute attack on the principal's family home only ended when Ms Brose's husband threatened the furious parent with a knife.
Balukas has since been convicted of unlawful damage, 60Minutes reported.
Ms Brose said the defamation case wasn't about money, but about a judge telling the parents to stop their campaign of abuse.
'I don't need money I don't need damages, I need her