Md. school district fires employee after sassy tweet

This is a screengrab of the initial Twitter exchange between a Frederick County Public Schools social media staffer and a student. The original tweet has since been deleted. (Courtesy The Frederick News Post)
This is a screen grab of Nash’s response to the student. The original tweet has since been deleted. (Courtesy The Frederick News-Post) (Courtesy The Frederick News Post)
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This is a screengrab of the initial Twitter exchange between a Frederick County Public Schools social media staffer and a student. The original tweet has since been deleted. (Courtesy The Frederick News Post)

WASHINGTON — Frederick County Public Schools has fired an employee over her reply to a student’s Jan. 5 tweet to “close school tammarrow PLEASE.”

Katie Nash told the The Frederick News-Post, that she was terminated from her $44,000-a-year job as web experience coordinator after replying, “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow?’ :)”.

The clever reply got quite a bit of attention on Twitter before it was deleted. It even inspired the hashtags “#KatiefromFCPS” and — after Twitter feared she was no longer running the account — “#FreeKatie.”

But while even the recipient of Nash’s reply thought the tweet was in good fun, the district apparently wasn’t comfortable with her approach and dismissed her Friday.

A Frederick County Public Schools spokesman confirmed that firing but didn’t provide details. Nash herself said that she understands why she was let go and that she didn’t “want to be a distraction to the school system.”

Nash is taking her dismissal in stride, tweeting yesterday: “Wish success for FCPS, students deserve the best. Don’t regret a tweet. #katiefromFCPS says do  ur homewurk [sic] – no one takes away ur education.”

Nash’s approach to the school’s Twitter feed wasn’t necessarily unique: Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Schools’ Twitter feed (@fcpsnews) has its own following (see gallery above).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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