This story has tongues wagging and plenty of people upset. A Maryland school teacher has been fired after correcting a student’s spelling on a Twitter post.
Katie Nash, a media resources coordinator, was fired after correcting the student’s spelling of the word tomorrow. The student tweeted the school district asking that schools be closed “tammarow”; Ms. Nash responded, from the district’s account, “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow’?”
After the incident, Nash confirmed that she had been instructed not to tweet any more from the district’s account, and then she was summarily fired. She says that she was given no chance to even present her case to the school board, and that she was simply fired.
Nash, using her own Twitter account, says that, “Any social media manager is looking for increasing engagement, and that’s sort of the parameter. “
“I think a conversation about how we engage with the students would have been completely appropriate and I would have welcomed that,” she said.
According to Nash, she had expected a more thorough conversation concerning her firing; instead, there was no conversation at all. “As a new employee, I think I sort of would have expected that there would have been more counselling or some suggestions on how to improve.”
A spokesman for the school district confirmed that Nash had been fired, but would give no further details.
Nash’s response to the student has garnered much attention with more than 1,000 likes and retweets. The hashtag, #freekatie also appeared on the students’ Twitter feeds after she was fired.
Nash says she hopes her situation causes more people to get involved and interact with the school system. She says she will continue to be involved in her children’s school and will now tweet from her personal Twitter account.
What do you think about this? Why was a teacher fired for such silliness – when she was actually trying to help a student?
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