A Maryland school system employee is out of a job after having a lighthearted quarrel with a student on Twitter over his spelling.
Katie Nash, the media services coordinator with the Frederick County Public School System, was let go after she corrected a youngster on social media, after he spelled tomorrow wrong.
On January 5, a student tweeted to the account, asking that schools be closed “tammarow”.
Nash responded from the district’s account, “But then how would you learn how to spell tomorrow?”
On Friday afternoon, she confirmed that she’d been let go due to the incident.
She says she was told not to tweet anymore after the interaction.
The response from Nash’s FCPS tweet garnered more than 1,000 retweets and 1,000 likes and she became the subject of a hashtag, #KatiefromFCPS and #freekatie.
Spokesman Michael Doerrer confirmed that Nash had been let go, without providing details, according to Frederick News Post.
Nash said that she had anticipated a more thorough conversation about the expectations from her employers regarding the tone of her tweets.
Nash took to Twitter again to express her sentiments for the school system and its students.
“As a new employee, I think I sort of would have expected that there would have been some counseling or some suggestions on how to improve. Any social media manager is looking for increasing engagement, and that’s sort of the expected parameter, I think a conversation about how we engage with students would have been completely appropriate and I would have welcomed that.”
Source: Frederick News Post