Md. school district fires employee after sassy tweet

The original tweet that started it all. (The district has since deleted the reply that Nash wrote.)
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)

Nash had nothing but kind words after her dismissal. (Courtesy The Frederick News Post)
She also took it in stride. (Courtesy The Frederick News Post)
Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia have their own following for their casual approach to “haters.” (Courtesy The Frederick News Post)
Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia have their own following for their casual approach to “haters.” (Courtesy The Frederick News Post)
Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia have their own following for their casual approach to “haters.” (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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