A social media coordinator for a Maryland public school says she was fired Friday after sending a relatively innocent tweet from correcting a student’s spelling.
Katie Nash was managing the Twitter feed for the Frederick County Public Schools. On Jan. 5, a student tweeted to the school account, @FCPSMaryland, ask to be close to schools “tammarow.”
Nash responded via @FCPSMaryland, “But how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow?’ :)”
The tweet resulted in more than 1000 retweets and likes and was the focal point of the hashtag #KatiefromFCPS, according to the Frederick News-Post. However, it was shortly after they received school-wide attention when she was in trouble with the officials of the school.
Nash and the student exchanged the other tweets, and the student insisted that he didn’t mind the light-hearted spelling correction. They had other interactions with students at the school, the Twitter feed for.
Nash told the newspaper that she initially told not to tweet more, but still had access to the Twitter account. They added that they continued to tweet from school updates, but at the end of the school day Friday, she was told that she was fired.
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“As a new employee, I think that I kind of would have expected that there would have been some counseling or some suggestions on how things could be better,” she told the News-Post.
District spokesman Michael Doerrer told the newspaper that Nash was no longer an employee, but did not detail on her resignation.
The tweets have now been deleted.
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