By Ken Jackson
A Harmony High School math teacher resigned Tuesday morning following a volatile, profanity-laced Facebook tirade over the weekend.
Eric Trowbridge had been the Longhorns’ girls volleyball coach, but was removed in 2013 after other allegations from players of inappropriate contact.
His posts were brought to the attention of Osceola County School District officials Monday morning.
“We were notified through social media by some concerned individuals,” district spokesperson Dana Schafer said. “They felt the posts were inappropriate and wanted to make sure we were made aware of what happened.”
Schafer said Trowbridge was not at school Monday, but would have been removed from his classroom had he been. She reported his resignation Tuesday, the day he was supposed to meet with HR officials.
The posts were released Sunday night in a community-based Facebook group. The war of heated words between Trowbridge and a couple other people, made available on a screen shot on the community page, began Saturday afternoon when Trowbridge commented on the photo of a young female – it wasn’t known if she was a minor or adult – saying she was “kinda cute.” About four hours later, another person, possibly a friend of the girl pictured, commented, “Isn’t see (sic) your daughter’s age? Come on now.” (Trowbridge’s daughter played for him at Harmony from 2011-13).
The exchange went for two hours and escalated into insults, vulgar name calling (Trowbridge used terms like “holypaw redneck”, “your (sic) a pos”) and a challenge to fight. Trowbridge has since deleted or deactivated his Facebook account.
The Longhorns were successful under Trowbridge in volleyball, winning multiple district titles and advanced to the state Final Four in 2011. Prior to arriving at Harmony he taught and coached at Celebration High School.