Nicole Johnson said she was fired after a co-worker reported a TikTok video she posted to her boss.
Johnson joked on TikTok that she couldn’t get to work early because of her kids, but still stopped for Starbucks.
The administrators interpreted the commonly used hashtag “FYP” as “F you people” instead of “Page for you”.
A single mother said in a recent series of TikTok videos that she was fired from her job as a teacher in May after a co-worker reported one of her videos as inappropriate to school administration.
Nicole Johnson, 29, who worked as a special education paraprofessional, said in a recent video that a co-worker “entered” a TikTok video of hers to school administration knowing that she is on the “thin line”. “
The video, posted on May 14, shows Johnson drinking from a Starbucks cup, “I’m telling my co-workers that there’s no way I’m coming in early because I have kids, but still I come by Starbucks every day.”
“I put that TikTok out there. I didn’t like what anyone was going to do with it. I didn’t think I was going to get fired because I didn’t think it was unprofessional, that’s not the type. Accounts, it’s not negative, it’s not harassment, it’s literally just me like ‘I can’t come to work early, but I have Starbucks,’” Johnson said in an Aug. 11 tweet.
May’s video has garnered more than 165,000 views as of Tuesday.
Johnson did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. He did not even name his employer.
The chain of events that led to Johnson’s firing began in November 2021.
In a video posted on TikTok this past week, Johnson said he was placed on administrative leave for three weeks last November for “unprofessional TikToks” and “harassing a co-worker.”
According to Johnson, the “unprofessional TikToks” she posted in November were meant to share the story of her niece, who suffered a traumatic brain injury.
She said she was then emailed by administrators when she returned from administrative leave in December regarding her late attendance, which she attributed to her struggles with ADHD and being a single mother. . He then asked for accommodation, he said.
However, in May, after posting the video about his Starbucks, Johnson said he was called into a meeting to discuss his social media posts. He claims in his videos that the human resources employee printed four color copies of the person taking the picture of the TikTok video, revealing that he was fired.
“They put out this full-color picture of someone taking a picture of their phone because we apparently can’t screenshot, and I can tell who’s taking pictures and whose phone, and all that, like I Know who it is,” Johnson explained.
Johnson went on to say that the administration that fired him considered the video a “slap in the face” and interpreted the hashtag #FYP as “F you people” instead of “For You Page.”
“I looked at them, and I was like, ‘This is for your page,'” she said, “and I tried to explain to them, but like all of them, they’re not on TikTok. , and so they tried to finish. With ‘Well that also means you guys.’
In a follow-up video, Johnson explained his reason for posting the original video, saying that his job required him to come in early sometimes and that he had seen a Tiktok video by other users about the same problem and recreated it. decided to
Johnson continued the video by saying that she made the original TikTok private after two days, something she said she usually does. But it was too late.
“I’ll never be able to say goodbye to the students, though, they’ll think I’ve abandoned them,” Johnson said on TikTok.
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