School Employee Fired For Correcting Spelling Error In Student’s Tweet

Frederick County Public School’s media services coordinator was fired for the unusual crime of correcting a student’s tweet in a lighthearted quarrel.

Heated discussions on social media can not only backfire, they can apparently also get you fired.  Katie Nash, social media manager for Fredrick County Public School System in Maryland, learned this the hard way.

The school officials recently released Nash from her duties for correcting a student’s misspelled tweet.

The incident took place when a student sent a tweet to the district’s social media account, asking schools to remain closed, but he misspelled “tomorrow” as “tammarow.”

Nash tried correcting this error, “But then how would you learn how to spell 'tomorrow?’'' she replied from the school’s Twitter account. 

Her response garnered some 100 retweets and even more likes, and she started to get popular with the hashtag #KatiefromFCPS 

However, the 33-year-old was shortly told to quit her $44,066 web-experience coordinator job for mocking a student.

“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,” she said. “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.”

“I don’t want to be a distraction to the school system and the goals they have for overarching achievement,” Nash added, explaining that, for her, the school’s goals matter more than anything else.


The social media manager gained more fame in the Twitter spotlight. After she was terminated, the hashtag #freekatie soon started making waves on the internet.




However, Nash holds no grudges and has wished the school all the very best.


Note to the school: It's better to give the employees a second chance so that they can learn from their mistakes, because the precedence being set here, of schools firing employees for something that was not done purposely is questionable.

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