Saturday, January 21, 2017

Just When You Thought You Heard It All News (1-21-2017)

A staff member for Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland was terminated after a tweet about a misspelling between a student and the employee went viral.

At the end of a four minute meeting, 34-year-old Katie Nash said she was terminated from her job.

A letter from Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS), read, "Dear Katie, this letter confirms our discussion today that your probation period as a Web Experience Coordinator for Frederick County Public Schools will not be extended. You will be terminated from your assignment effective January 13, 2017."

"We had received feedback from some students in a focus group that our tweeting was a bit flat, they were looking for some more engagement," Nash said. "They were looking for us to tweet back at them and I really took that to heart because I know that I am a little bit older and maybe not as hip as some of the students are, so I took that to heart and I took that feedback in."

On Jan. 5, Frederick County was preparing for snow, so one student tweeted, "close school tammarow PLEASE," but as you can see tomorrow is not spelled correctly. FCPS tweeted back, "but then how would you learn how to spell tomorrow :) ."

"It just sort of an opportunity to respond and do so in a fun lighthearted way," said Nash.

Most of the community thought the tweet was funny, but officials with FCPS told Nash to delete the tweet.
Michael Doerrer, the Director of Communications, Community Engagement and Marketing, said FCPS personally apologized to the student.

"When they had reached out and when the community overwhelmingly saw it, for what it was just lighthearted banter and trying to engage with the students on their level," said Nash.

Despite it all, Nash hopes that FCPS learns from what has happened and the power of social media.

"Out of this entire experience, that something really positive comes out of this because I think the community has sort of been looking at this and various reactions, most positive, but I really am sincere and I hope FCPS thinks how can we use social media to engage going forward," said Nash.

Nash said she will continue to be a part of schools functions like the school's PTA.

Fast-food lovers are likely in awe over the sheer courage of a crazy 13-year-old girl who reportedly smacked down a gun held by a boy demanding she give him a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget.
The girl told police that her 12-year-old schoolmate first asked her for a McNugget inside McDonald’s in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood on Tuesday When she declined, he allegedly followed her to a subway station, whipped out the weapon and held it to her head.
Even at gunpoint, the teen refused to hand over even one lump of breaded chicken paste, police said. The NYPD told the Daily News she knocked the gun away from the boy and told him to leave her alone.
Police didn’t recover the gun, but “numerous witnesses” reported seeing it, an NYPD spokesperson said..
The boy was charged as a juvenile with attempted robbery.  He will be prosecuted in family court.

The United States Mint just released an image of its latest commemorative collector’s coin ― and it features a black woman. 
On Thursday, the United States Mint and Treasury revealed the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Mint. The coin has a depiction of Lady Liberty like we’ve never seen her: a black woman with twists in her hair, wearing a crown of stars.
Some social media users on Twitter questioned why Lady Liberty, who has traditionally been depicted as a white woman, appears as a woman of color on the new coin. The U.S. Mint explained on Twitter that the coin is part of a series to reflect America’s diversity: 
The 24-karat gold coin will be part of a series of future coins depicting Lady Liberty as Indian-American, Hispanic-American, and Asian American. The coins will be issued every two years. 
Soon, another black woman will grace U.S. currency: Harriet Tubman is set to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill by 2020.



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