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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 5:07 PM
She should have to go to the office for not committing an infraction because the teacher is a raging bitch? She broke no rules. Why should she miss class time?


Quoting Sisteract:

The teacher should have given the student 2 options: change the shirt, if it was against the protocol/dress code for the day, or go to the office. Student refuses, consequences applied- End O story- for that class anyway.

No wonder no one learns anything with all the BS that goes on and is tolerated-


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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I was in Girls' Catholic School- the teacher was the authority figure. We did not talk back and the rules were enforced...wear the wrong socks- sent home to get the right ones. Detention for having to do so.

My son had JUG- Justice under God- 

The teacher was obviously wrong too.

Again 2 wrongs-

The "kid" is getting her day though- precious snowflake.

Quoting tooptimistic:

Would your teacher have been allowed to say they going to take a black marker to your shirt, make you change your shirt if your shirt was not against the dress code. Or say in front of the class that the shirt was like wearing a KKK robe?  The teacher pretty much accused the student in front of the class she was a racist.  I think the student was right to say no.  I don't think the teacher would have said the same thing over an Obama shirt.

The teacher didn't have the athority to say anything about the students shirt or demand to know what political party her parents were.

Quoting Sisteract:

Sorry, student do not have the right to disrespect the teacher's authority.

Too many "kids" think that they are always in charge, even when they are not.

The kind of behavior exhibited by the student would not have been tolerated for 5 seconds at any school that either me or my kids attended.



Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
tooptimistic
by Kelly on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:09 PM
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Quoting Gracesgma:

Stuff like this is why our public schools don't allow students to wear T-shirts that are political or have offensive language and why many parents opt to send their children to public schools who require uniforms.  I am a retired teacher. It's attitudes like the teacher that made my husband and I send our grandchildren to parochial schools.

Its one of many many reasons we homeschool. 

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I did not realize that you knew the teacher personally. Does she have mental issues? How old is she? How long has she been a teacher at the school?

Please share-

There's always 2 sides to every story-

Quoting Billiebeth:

She should have to go to the office for not committing an infraction because the teacher is a raging bitch? She broke no rules. Why should she miss class time?


Quoting Sisteract:

The teacher should have given the student 2 options: change the shirt, if it was against the protocol/dress code for the day, or go to the office. Student refuses, consequences applied- End O story- for that class anyway.

No wonder no one learns anything with all the BS that goes on and is tolerated-



Separation of church and state is for the protection of BOTH church and state.
Leading with hate and intolerance only leads to MORE hate and intolerance.
Billiebeth
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM
How is the student wrong when the district said she was complying with the dress code for that day?


Quoting Sisteract:

I was in Girls' Catholic School- the teacher was the authority figure. We did not talk back and the rules were enforced...wear the wrong socks- sent home to get the right ones. Detention for having to do so.

My son had JUG- Justice under God- 

The teacher was obviously wrong too.

Again 2 wrongs-

The "kid" is getting her day though- precious snowflake.

Quoting tooptimistic:

Would your teacher have been allowed to say they going to take a black marker to your shirt, make you change your shirt if your shirt was not against the dress code. Or say in front of the class that the shirt was like wearing a KKK robe?  The teacher pretty much accused the student in front of the class she was a racist.  I think the student was right to say no.  I don't think the teacher would have said the same thing over an Obama shirt.


The teacher didn't have the athority to say anything about the students shirt or demand to know what political party her parents were.


Quoting Sisteract:


Sorry, student do not have the right to disrespect the teacher's authority.


Too many "kids" think that they are always in charge, even when they are not.


The kind of behavior exhibited by the student would not have been tolerated for 5 seconds at any school that either me or my kids attended.





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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

2 sides to every story.

tooptimistic
by Kelly on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Its wasn't against the dress code for that school.  (see the second article I posted.  :)  )

It is alleged the teacher told the student that it was a Democrat school, so the student shouldn't be wearing a Romney shirt.

Quoting Sisteract:

The teacher should have given the student 2 options: change the shirt, if it was against the protocol/dress code for the day, or go to the office. Student refuses, consequences applied- End O story- for that class anyway.

No wonder no one learns anything with all the BS that goes on and is tolerated-


Billiebeth
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:13 PM
Goodness the lengths you must jump to make sure this child is at fault.

She was allowed to wear that shirt on that day according to the district. Why should the teacher be able to force her to change it?


Quoting Sisteract:

I did not realize that you knew the teacher personally. Does she have mental issues? How old is she? How long has she been a teacher at the school?

Please share-

There's always 2 sides to every story-

Quoting Billiebeth:

She should have to go to the office for not committing an infraction because the teacher is a raging bitch? She broke no rules. Why should she miss class time?





Quoting Sisteract:

The teacher should have given the student 2 options: change the shirt, if it was against the protocol/dress code for the day, or go to the office. Student refuses, consequences applied- End O story- for that class anyway.

No wonder no one learns anything with all the BS that goes on and is tolerated-





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Bethsunshine
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Unless there was a rule in the dress code stating explicitly that students aren't allowed to wear a political t-shirt, the teacher stepped WAY over the line!!


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Rbrown72707
by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Wow!  This kid is a big softy and can't take a joke!  Even my 3rd graders understand the difference between a joke when they wear sports shirts.  If she's that sensitive, she has a rough road ahead of her!

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