School staff targeted in student's Facebook porn prank

A TEENAGER who posted a series of derogatory and offensive comments and images on social media wasn't aware he was offending people.

The teen, who was 16 at the time of the offending and therefore can't be named, spent 30 hours a week on the computer isolated from reality when he posted more than 70 comments on a school Facebook page under his name, the Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson told the court the boy posted the comments considered highly offensive and derogatory in nature relating to topics including religion, child abuse and minority groups such as disabled people.

He said they were posted to a Toowoomba school's Facebook wall, which is a public page, including digitally altered photos of staff on holidays which implied the images were "pornographic in nature".

The school expelled the teen who appealed the decision which was overruled, meaning the teen was not permitted on school grounds.

But the teen returned to the school when he was charged with trespass.

Solicitor John Davis of MacDonald Law told the court his client, now 17, didn't understand or recognise "the posted comments had caused offence.

Describing his client's actions as a "childish prank", Mr Davis said he was now "incredibly sorry and remorseful".

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck said it was concerning the teen had been "operating in a bubble" spending more than "30 hours a week on the computer and not touching reality".

The teen pleaded guilty to the Commonwealth charge of using a carriage carriage service to menace or harass and was placed on a good behaviour bond for nine months, with no conviction recorded.

Mr Schemioneck placed the teen on a three month good behaviour bond for trespass.



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