ELGIN – An Elgin cosmetology school and two of its employees are suing an Algonquin man after they said he made defamatory comments on a Facebook page.
According to the lawsuit filed in Kane County, The Salon Professional Academy of Elgin’s admissions counselor Gwendolyn Nelson and dean Aaron Aven have suffered emotional stress as well as extreme and permanent damage to their professional and personal reputations.
They are seeking more than $50,000 from Nicholas Blacconiere and an unknown person identified as John Doe.
“We’re upset because what was posted was untrue,” their attorney, Robert J. Wagner said.
“It was vicious, it was malicious, it was hurtful,” he said.
Wagner declined to comment further. Blacconiere could not be reached for comment.
“It’s really not in my client’s best interest to promote the publication of these lies,” Wagner said. “We prefer not to see them in the paper, but that’s the risk you run when you file these kinds of lawsuits.”
The page, called “TSPA RobinHood” was available Monday. Postings criticized school administrators’ actions, called them names, and discussed their sex lives.
“It’s like TSPA has its own trash-talking magazine,” one student wrote.
According to the lawsuit, the page used the school’s logo, but it has been taken down with an apology for using it. The page has been updated to say that it was not created to bash anyone, instead providing a place where students and teachers can anonymously express their feelings without being punished.
The school also has its own Facebook page, TSPA Elgin.
TSPA has more than 30 locations across the country, including Shorewood and Kenosha, Wis.
The next scheduled court date is Oct. 15.