Maryland school employee Katie Nash has been fired over chastising comments made towards a student who misspelled the word tomorrow as “tammarow” on Twitter.
The incident began when the pupil tweeted his school, Frederick County Public School, asking them to close following predictions of a possible snow day.
Nash, who runs the school’s Twitter account, posted a tongue-in-cheek response.
The 33-year-old was asked to delete her comment and personally apologize to the student soon after. But the tweet had already gone viral — receiving more than 2,000 likes and retweets that day alone.
Consequently, Nash was dropped from her web-experience co-ordinator job and has since spoken out in an interview with the Frederick News-Post.
“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,” said Nash. “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.”
The student later wrote that he didn’t take Nash’s original tweet personally.
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