BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Frederick County Public Schools fired employee Katie Nash for a tweet she posted last week, according to the Frederick News Post.

Michael Doerrer, a district spokesman, said Nash was no longer employed with the school system, but he didn’t comment on the circumstances.

Nash started working as a web experience coordinator in November. Among her responsibilities was to run the district’s social media accounts.

On Jan. 5, a student tweeted to the Twitter account, @FCPSMaryland, asking schools to close “tammarow.” Nash reportedly wrote in response from the school Twitter feed: “But then how would you learn how to spell “tomorrow?” 🙂

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The response from Nash’s FCPS tweet received more than 1,000 retweets and 1,000 likes and she became the subject of a hashtag, #KatiefromFCPS. And later #freekatie also appeared in students’ Twitter feeds.

The student later wrote that he didn’t mind Nash’s original reply and didn’t take it personally.

 Nash said Friday she was told not to tweet anymore after the initial attention, but she still had access to the FCPS Twitter feed. She continued to tweet calendar updates and things that had already been posted through Find Out First, a county schools news alert system.
She was asked at around 2:30 p.m. Friday if she had time for a meeting. She said she was given a letter that she had been terminated from her assignment.

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Comments (24)
  1. Are you kidding me???? Unreal…..sounds like somebody does not have a sense of humor……..how petty

    1. I found it hilarious! People, a sense of humor will keep you in good stead.

  2. Nancy Mozal says:

    That she got fired is just way wrong, is everything so pc, she had every right to correct the student’s bad spelling. I am so glad I am not a teacher but my heart goes out to each and everyone of them, they do not get paid enough to put up with this stupidity!

    1. I agree… so ridiculous. There was nothing wrong with the response. She was being jovial. I’m sure she knew the student could spell tomorrow, was probably voice texting.

  3. Keep up the good work in your future endeavors, Katie!

  4. Tami Mooney says:

    Absolutely ludicrous!! I never say this, but she must sue these jerks for unlawful termination!!

  5. Completely unjustified and ridiculous. How anyone could find that tweet a “firable” offense needs to have their head examined

  6. Danny Sell says:

    About the stupidest thing I ever heard of to get fired for!

  7. John Smith says:

    Hopefully she’ll find a job as soon as tammarow.

  8. This is overkill. She shouldn’t be fired for that tweet that was done in jest. Also, if she was fired for disobeying the order not to tweet anything more that was also ridiculous. She simply wanted to assure that people who rely on Twitter for news were getting already shared information; nothing not already approved or incorrect. She was being conscientious given the weather conditions, etc.

  9. I would like to know the back story of the person who fired her. What was the true motivation.

  10. Baccar Wozat says:

    So is the school saying the correct spelling is “tammarow”?

  11. The school district should be ashamed of themselves and maybe think they should think about making sure their students can actually spell before moving them on to the next grade. This kid probably cannot spell the word. We are not doing these children any favors by moving them forward, and I do not understand why anyone thinks it is a good idea!

  12. James Dawson says:

    We are allowing this generation of children to “graduate” school with the skills of 3rd graders. Teachers are no longer being allowed to teach, only to user the children through 12 years of school.

  13. “Terminated from her assignment” or fired? HUh?

  14. Fire the superintendent for incompetence. Even if there is back story and she was insubordinate in other ways, to use this and make the school system a national laughing stock is inexcusable.

  15. While Nash stated that she didn’t “…want to be a distraction to the school system and the goals they have for overarching achievement,” one must ask, how is using social media as a teaching tool a distraction from that goal of achievement?

    Leveraging social media to engage with a student in a positive way and providing a learning lesson at the same time appears to be fulfilling that mission.

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