FREDERICK, Md. (WJZ) — A Frederick County Public Schools employee is now speaking out after she was fired for a tweet she posted from the school’s social media account, correcting a student’s spelling.
Following forecasts predicting winter weather coming to the area on January 5, a student tweeted at the Twitter account, @FCPSMaryland, asking schools to close “tammarow.”
FCPS Social Media Coordinator Katie Nash reportedly wrote in response to the student, from the school’s Twitter: “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow?’ :)”
Nash, 34, says she had a four-minute meeting with Frederick County Public Schools supervisors and received a letter from the school district, reading:
“Dear Katie, this letter confirms our discussion today that your probationary period as a Web Experience Coordinator for Frederick County Public Schools will not be extended. You will be terminated from your assignment, effective January 13, 2017.”
Nash started working as a web experience coordinator in November.
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. 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 says she hopes the school board uses the situation to learn more about how to best reach the community on social media.