Gay Issues

Gay-Beating Suspect Now Fired From Hospital For Tweeting Severed Finger

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A suspect in the beating of a gay couple in Philadelphia, who is also the daughter of a police chief, lost her job at a local hospital this week for tweeting a photograph of a patient’s severed finger.

Kathryn Knott, 24, was fired from Lansdale Hospital-Abington Health Thursday for “potential violations of patient privacy,” the hospital told ABC News.

Knott was originally suspended after she was charged with assaulting a gay couple in Center City on Sept. 11.

Two men, Kevin Harrigan, 26, and Phillip Williams, 24, were also charged in the assault.

Knott, from Southampton, worked as an emergency room technician at the hospital since 2011.

"We are investigating an additional issue that was brought to our attention related to this employee’s Twitter account for potential violations of patient privacy and our organization’s social media policy," the hospital said in a statement. "Abington Health takes patient privacy and confidentiality very seriously and is fully investigating this matter."

Knott has been criticized on social media for tweeting about foreign cab drivers, Asians and homosexuals. Many allege she received special treatment because she is the daughter of Chalfont Borough Police Chief Karl Knott.

Some of her tweets also include X-ray photos, ABC News reported. Another showed a patient's severed finger, according to Philadelphia Business Journal.

Her account has since been deleted.

All three suspects allege the gay men were the aggressors in the incident.

Sources: ABC News, Philadelphia Business Journal

Image credit: Philadelphia Police Department, ABC 6 Screenshot