A teacher hired by a Maryland school district to teach students about social media was fired for responding to a student’s tweet.
In her tweet, Katie Nash, 33, of the Frederick County Public School District, responded to a remark made by a student who wrote “close school tammarow PLEASE.“
Nash responded with, “but then how would you learn how to spell “tomorrow”?:)”.
The student responded to Nash with a tweet saying that he didn’t take her comment personally, but the Frederick County Public School District (FCPS) did not appreciate her candor.
Last week, Nash was called in to meet with her boss, Michael Doerrer. That’s when he handed her a letter stating she was fired.
In an interview with The New York Daily News, Nash said, “It happened really quickly. They handed me a letter and then asked for my badge and ID.”
Nash, who was hired in November, said she would have expected feedback and guidance on how to better do her job, rather than a dismissal.
Nash said she wasn’t given much guidance on how to use the school’s Twitter account, and her students have taken to Twitter to come to her defense.
Hashtags #KatiefromFCPS and #freekatie have been created since her dismissal.
A Care2 petition was set up to in an attempt to get Nash’s job back and as of Sunday, it had almost reached its goal of 2,000 supporters.
The petition reads, “We need to get her her job back or at least get her a job somewhere where she is rightfully appreciated.”
A petition supporter wrote,“Her comment was on point. The spelling was wrong and her response was respectful yet truthful.”
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