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

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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.

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM
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Billiebeth
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM
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Somehow I doubt you would be singing the same tune if it was a kid wearing an Obama shirt or a prochoice shirt or a gay marriage shirt.

Your bias about this kid is sad.


Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 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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momof31995
by Silver Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM
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IMO the teacher was the ass munch.


Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 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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Pema_Jampa
by SxyTaco on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM
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School isn't a place for our children to wear clothing voicing their political leanings. Most schools have rules about this type of thing. Sounds like asking for problems IMHO.

Where it on the weekend at home or church whatever. No need to cause a fight.

Quoting Billiebeth:

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



tooptimistic
by Kelly on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Last Friday was dress-down day at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond - a day for students to leave their uniforms at home and wear whatever they liked.

One young woman chose to wear a shirt showing her support for Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy. Her geometry teacher didn't like it, the girl's father said on a radio call-in show on IQ 106.9 FM today.

The teacher allegedly told the girl to take off the shirt, saying it was like wearing a Ku Klux Klan sheet. The teacher allegedly threatened to use a marker to cross out Romney's name and that of Rep. Paul Ryan, his running mate. The teacher also allegedly tried to throw the student out of class.

The teacher also allegedly said that Carroll was "a Democratic school."

Her parents were livid. The student was afraid to go back to the class. She thought she would be retaliated against.

Philadelphia School District spokesman Fernando Gallard confirmed that last Friday at Carroll, "a teacher made some comments to a student wearing a Romney t-shirt in their classroom. The comments were of a political nature, and also of a personal nature. We are looking into the comments, and the conduct of the teacher."

Once the school received a complaint, an investigation was launched the same day, Gallard said. The investigation is ongoing.

In the meantime, the teacher was switched out of the class "to allow the student to feel comfortable to come to the class."

Gallard said the student was within her rights.

"She was expressing her freedom of speech, and was not in violation of any school or district policy," he said.

 

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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:31 PM
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While I think the teacher was wrong, the teacher is in charge of the classroom and the student telling the teacher, "No" was also wrong.

2 wrongs, neither right.

tooptimistic
by Kelly on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM
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I am thinking that it wasn't against the dress code there. The shirt isn't offensive or vulgar, no nudity.  I don't see a problem with a student wearing a Romney shirt or an Obama shirt. 

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

School isn't a please for our children to wear clothing voicing their political leanings. Most schools have rules about this type of thing. Sounds like asking for problems IMHO.

Where it on the weekend at home or church whatever. No need to cause a fight.

Quoting Billiebeth:

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




Billiebeth
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM
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A teacher cannot just throw out a kid for wearing a shirt she was allowed to wear on that day. The teacher is solely at fault. No black authority figure should ever tell someone what they are wearing is just like a Klan robe.


Quoting Sisteract:

While I think the teacher was wrong, the teacher is in charge of the classroom and the student telling the teacher, "No" was also wrong.

2 wrongs, neither right.


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Mommyof2n0308
by Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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Right. If one is "mature" enough to wear shirts knowing it will cause debate issues, then the student should be mature enough and ready to speak up no matter what's said. Was the teacher right? No! But be ready to throw your thoughts back without being offended when someone makes comments about these types of things.


Quoting Ms.KitKat:

 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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punky3175
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:45 PM
Well my son was talking about Romney's 47% comment in class and his teacher jumped on him telling how wrong he was and how great Romney was. Politics don NOT belong in school any more than religion unless it's a government class. And teachers should not be telling students their (students) political views are wrong.
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tooptimistic
by Kelly on Oct. 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM
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100% agree.  I don't think a student should know their teachers religion or political views.

Quoting punky3175:

Well my son was talking about Romney's 47% comment in class and his teacher jumped on him telling how wrong he was and how great Romney was. Politics don NOT belong in school any more than religion unless it's a government class. And teachers should not be telling students their (students) political views are wrong.


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