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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,

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 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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by Judy on Oct. 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM
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yep, they would all be calling  for the teacher to be fired

Quoting tooptimistic:

I think it would be a bigger issue if the teacher bullied a student wearing an Obama shirt.

Quoting SuperChicken:

The teachers comments and behavior were appalling.  I applaud the girl for saying NO.   The teacher lost her authority the second she stepped out of bounds and demanded the child remove her shirt solely because she didn't like it, not because it was against school policy.  Teachers do NOT have the right to demand students remove clothing just because they don't like it.  That isn't how it works.   My son will not be taught to follow any and all demands someone makes just because they are in an "authority" position as a teacher. People in authority positions are responsible for maintaining that position through their OWN actions.     When they step out of their authority by demanding things that are wrong, they lose any expectation of respect for their position and become nothing but a bully.   And an adult bullying a child/teen?  Disgusting.

I'm quite stunned at some of the people supporting the teacher in this and saying the child was wrong for refusing unreasonable demands or for feeling embarrassed for being called a racist in front of her class and other teachers called into the room.  

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