Katie Nash, a Frederick County Public Schools employee who ran the district’s Twitter feed, was fired last week because of a tweet she sent in response to a student’s question.
On Jan. 5, a student tweeted to the school’s Twitter account, asking schools to close “tammarow.”
Nash responded by tweeting, “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow?’ :)”
Nash’s tweet garnered more than 1,000 retweets and 1,000 likes, according to The Frederick News-Post.
Although she said she was happy with the exchanges she had with students on social media, she understands the school system’s decision. “I don’t want to be a distraction to the school system and the goals they have for overarching achievement,” she told reporters.
The student she responded to later wrote that he didn’t mind Nash’s reply and did not take it personally.
“Students have been tweeting at us, but I wasn’t really sure what I should be doing or not doing. I sort of assumed there would be a follow-up conversation” with district officials, she said.
She was asked at around 2:30 p.m. Friday if she had time for a meeting and was given a letter that she had been terminated from her assignment.
“As a new employee, I think I sort of would have expected that there would have been some counseling or some suggestions on how to improve,” she said.
According to Nash, said there was never a conversation about what the tone of the account was to be.
“Any social media manager is looking for increasing engagement, and that’s sort of the expected parameter,” she said. “I think a conversation about how we engage with students would have been completely appropriate and I would have welcomed that.”
If anything, she said she hopes her termination causes more people to get involved and interact with the school system.
She gained many supporters in the process and she said she will continue to tweet from her personal account, @KatieNash.
“It was really positive and great to see so many students engaged with their school system,” she said. “I wouldn’t change a thing.”