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OMG: Single mom FIRED from school over #TIKTOK hashtag! #FYP

#FYP?

A Minnesota mother is telling her story of how a simple TikTok she made got her fired after one of her coworkers found it on the platform and sent it to their boss. One thing they didn’t realize, however, was that their reasons were firing her were inaccurate.

Nicole Johnson, the creator of the videos, said she was working as a special education paraprofessional at a Minnesota school and that her troubles began when she posted the video of herself on May 14 drinking her Starbucks with a silly caption: “Me telling my coworkers there is no way I can come in early cause I have kids but yet I arrive with a Starbucks daily.” Five days later, and with only two weeks remaining in the school year, Johnson said she was fired from her job.

She said she was called into a meeting with human resource administrators who printed out a photograph of her TikTok on someone’s phone and Johnson immediately recognized the phone belonged to her 60-year-old coworker. Johnson clarified that she was never late for work when she did show up with coffee but was unable to arrive early because she has kids of her own.

The administrators claim Johnson was ‘disrespectful’ to her coworkers because of the hashtag ‘FYP’. The acronym “FYP” is used across TikTok to mean “For You page,” however the administrators of the school claim that Johnson’s use of “FYP” meant “F you people,” and this was directed toward her coworkers.


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