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School employee fired for correcting student’s spelling

It’s a harsh lesson to learn.

By Amber Manto
Katie Nash had her position as social media manager at an American school terminated after she wrote a sassy reply to a student’s tweet.
The student had posted on the school’s twitter account which Nash managed, asking them to close “tammarow” due to the weather.
Nash, who was hired for the role in November, cheekily responded: “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow’? :)”
The exchange caught the attention of many Twitter users, which led to the hastag #KatiefromFCPS trending.
The “tammarow/tomorrow” thread continued between Nash and the student, with the pupil later tweeting that he did not take offence to her original reply. However, Frederick County Public School did take offence to her tone and subsequently fired her. Nash had reportedly engaged in similar conversations with students who complained about turning up for school.
Taking to her personal Twitter to explain the situation, Nash said she was disappointed with the outcome and hoped the school had handled things differently.
“As a new employee, I think I sort of would have expected that there would have been some counselling or some suggestions on how to improve.
“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.”
Frederick County Public School’s Twitter page has since been flooded with support for Katie, who has no hard feelings.

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