FREDERICK, Md. — A school employee in Maryland apparently was fired after correcting a student’s spelling on Twitter.
Katie Nash lost her job as “web experience coordinator” at the Frederick County Public Schools after telling a student how to spell “tomorrow,” The Frederick Post-News reported.
On Jan. 5 and with bad weather threatening, a student directed a Tweet at the school system that read, “close school tamarrow PLEASE.”
Nash, who ran the school Twitter account, responded, “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow?’ :)”
Her response was certainly popular on Twitter, generating 1,000 likes and leading to the hashtag #KatiefromFCPS going viral.
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Even though the unidentified student did not mind the response, Nash’s superiors told her not to send out more Tweets. But she kept Tweeting calendar updates.
Then on Jan. 13, Nash was told she was being terminated from her $44,066-a-year job. Michael Doerrer, a spokesman for the Frederick Public Schools, would not say why she was terminated.
Nash is now tweeting from her personal account, @KatieNash. The mother of two is not ashamed of what she did.
“It was really positive and great to see so many students engaged with their school system,” Nash said. “I wouldn’t change a thing.”
She’s received lots of support on social media, with people inundating the @FCPSMaryland feed with words of criticism for the school. One wrote, “Rehire this lady if you want to save your reputation.” Another wrote, “No wonder kids today have so much trouble with grammar and spelling.” Still another wrote, “Will you explain why u fired someone for a spellcheck tweet? Story not going away. National laughingstock.”
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