Kathryn Knott, one of the three suspects in the beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia, has been suspended from her hospital job.
According to a statement the Abington Health system sent to Philadelphia magazine, the 24-year-old was employed at Lansdale Hospital since 2011 May.
The institution is approximately 34 miles (55km) outside of the city
‘Because of the nature of the charges against her, she has been suspended from her job as an Emergency Room tech,’ the statement said.
The employer added there would be an additional investigation ‘related to this employee’s Twitter account for potential violations of patient privacy and our organization’s social media policy.’
Philadelphia magazine hints Knott’s alleged violation might be a picture of a patient’s two severed fingers that were posted on the suspect’s Twitter account.
The daughter of Chalfont, Bucks County, Police Chief Karl Knott has posted a number of homophobic tweets in recent years, including: ‘The ppl we were just dancing with just turned and ma(d)e out with eatch other #gay #ew," "Jazz flute is for little fairy boys," and ‘this camo song is gay like all the other brad paisley songs.’
Her account also includes derogatory comments about Asians and racists tweets such as ‘My cab driver starting shouting some jihad shit so I starting singing America the beautiful #merrica’
Knott and fellow suspects Philip Williams, 24, and Kevin Harrigan, 26, posted bail earlier today (25 September) after surrendering to police yesterday. According to the Associated Press, Williams and Harrigan paid a $75,000 (€59,000) bail and Knott’s was $50,000 (€39,000).
On 11 September, at 10:45 pm, the suspects were part of larger group that approached a gay male couple.
‘Is this your fucking boyfriend,’ someone in the group asked.
The gay men, both in their late 20s, were taken to hospital after the suspects allegedly punched the couple in the face, head, and chest.
One victim sustained facial injuries, including an orbital fracture and wired jaw.
UPDATE: According to WPVI-TV, a local station, Knott was dismissed from her job. Abington Health, released the following statement
‘Effective today, September 25, 2014, Kathryn Knott has been terminated from her employment at Abington Health,’ the company’s release said, as reported by WPVI.