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Pa student who wore Romney shirt: Teacher 'told me to get out of the classroom"

Posted by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM
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Pa. student who wore Romney shirt: Teacher 'told me to get out of the classroom'

A Pennsylvania high school student was told to "get out" of a classroom for wearing a Romney T-shirt. She claims her teacher likened the garment to the KKK. WCAU's Claudia Rivero reports.

By Dan Stamm and Claudia Rivero, NBCPhiladelphia.com

A Philadelphia high schooler says she was humiliated after her teacher told her to remove a Mitt Romney T-shirt she was wearing, comparing it to "wearing a KKK shirt."

Samantha Pawlucy, a 16-year-old sophomore at Charles Carroll High School in the Port Richmond section of the city, says she wore a pink Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan T-shirt last Friday during the school's dress-down day.

No one made an issue of Samantha's political T-shirt until she got to geometry class.

"The teacher told me to get out of the classroom, I said no," Samantha said.

"She told me to take off my shirt and said that she has another one if I need one. And then the teacher asked me... 'Are your parents Republican?' I said, 'I don't know.' She said that's like her wearing a KKK shirt."

Samantha was so embarrassed by the public criticism in front of her classmates that she told her parents she didn't want to return to school.

"I didn't know what to think, I didn't think it was right at all."

They requested a meeting with the principal and the teacher. The teacher apologized to Samantha and her parents saying that the statement was meant as a joke.

"It was funny to her, but I was really embarrassed," Samantha said.

"If it was a joke between two adults, I can take a joke like that but (my daughter) didn't know how to take it. She doesn't understand, she actually thinks she did something wrong," her father, Richard Pawlucy, said.

"I can just picture her sitting there, feeling ashamed for just wearing a T-shirt," said her mother, Christine Pawlucy. "That someone could spin that and throw it back on a 16-year-old child and make her feel so terrible."

A spokesperson for the Philadelphia School District told NBCPhiladelphia.com that the teacher was transferred to another classroom as the district investigates the incident.

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tooptimistic
by Kelly on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:05 PM
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Do you think the teacher would have had the same reaction to a Obama shirt?

Billiebeth
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:07 PM
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What a crappy teacher. And so many are just going to ignore the fact she humiliated a child in front of her classmates.
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Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM
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Quoting Billiebeth:

What a crappy teacher. And so many are just going to ignore the fact she humiliated a child in front of her classmates.

this.. that was a shitty thing for her to do, regardless of political standings

tooptimistic
by Kelly on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM
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I find it to be unbelievable that they transferred her to teach in another classroom instead of suspending her.  If you humiliate your students, you shouldn't be teaching!! 

Quoting Billiebeth:

What a crappy teacher. And so many are just going to ignore the fact she humiliated a child in front of her classmates.


Lizardannie1966
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Odd sense of humor on the part of the teacher and totally inappropriate behavior regardless if it truly was a joke or not.

Lizardannie1966
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Totally agree.

This teacher needs to be retrained in diversity and how to appropriately handle "joking" with students and to do so without humiliating a student to crack wise.

Quoting tooptimistic:

I find it to be unbelievable that they transferred her to teach in another classroom instead of suspending her.  If you humiliate your students, you shouldn't be teaching!! 

Quoting Billiebeth:

What a crappy teacher. And so many are just going to ignore the fact she humiliated a child in front of her classmates.



tooptimistic
by Kelly on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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The other thing that really bugs me is, wearing a Romney shirt/ being Republican is equal to being a KKK member.  Seriously? 

 

Pema_Jampa
by SxyTaco on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:15 PM
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Why is a 16 year old wearing a political t-shirt? Why is a teacher commenting no the child's lack of fashion sense?

Fail & Fail

Billiebeth
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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16 year olds shouldn't wear things that express their political opinion?


Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Why is a 16 year old wearing a political t-shirt? Why is a teacher commenting no the child's lack of fashion sense?

Fail & Fail


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Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:22 PM
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 Pul-lease- the kid was probably being an ass-much. and this tripe gets in the news.

My ds wears his Romney t for the past year now (much to my dismay) but meh- it's his own money he's wasting (and thank God he can't vote yet LOL).

But one choses to wear a garmet that has a message displayed, one must expect comments. otherwise, why wear it? And if the kid is not mature enough to handle it, then she needs to stop wearing it. Granted, the tecaher went overboard with the KKK comment but it seems like it was all in fun and the kid took it the wrong way. I tell ds to be prepared to take the flack when he wears his t.

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