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Oct 9, 2012
MYFOXPHILLY - A rally was held Tuesday morning outside Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond in support of a student over her right to wear a political T-shirt.
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Samantha Pawlucy is the high school student who was told by a teacher last month to take off her Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan T-shirt or leave class.
FOX 29′s Steve Keeley was at the school when Samantha arrived Tuesday morning. It was an emotional moment when the crowd surrounded Samantha and started to sing the National Anthem.
The teen was visibly moved as she listened and took it all in.
Pennsylvania House candidate Dave Kralle organized the rally to show support for Pawlucy.
The crowd was made up of a plethora of people. Veterans were a strong presence.
Keeley spoke to a few of the rally participants, including one man who, even though he was a Democrat, said he was there to support the First Amendment.
The school district has stated that it is working to solve the issue.
In a statement, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite said he will join Mayor Michael Nutter and others to work directly with the high school to help them move forward.
Hite’s statement says they stand by Samantha, her teacher Lynette Gaymon and all others who have become targets of hatred.
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The school board supports both the student who was the victim AND the teacher who was the bully? Did I read that wrong? How does this work?
Nope you read that right. Apparently the teacher is claiming she's received threats now.
Poor baby……I am shure that the government will stand up for her.
Its a little something called a pro-liberal democrat …Teaches Union.
Victim? When did it not become "politically correct" to make a joke? Why is everyone so sensitive? Of course the school stands behind both of them.
James Robinson – You are seriously calling this a joke? A teacher, who has authority over the child, tells her that her shirt is equivalent to wearing a KKK shirt and you think that is a joke? A teacher tells a student she can't wear that shirt and has to change and you think that's a joke? A teacher tells a student that this school is Democrat and she can't wear a Republican shirt and you think that is a joke? You are kidding right?
She (the Teacher) claims Bigotry in reaction to her BIGOTRY
@Paul: My thoughts exactly! No talk about suspending or disciplinary measures for this teacher? No surprise….had it been a conservative teacher and the other way round, it would have been altogether different.
I have a much faster solution: Fire the teacher bully who wronged the student victim, and that will clear things up.
If there wasn't a clear rule that forbade the child wearing the shirt the teacher should be suspended or fired. What if the teacher had been a Vietnam Vet who had the same reaction to a girl wearing a peace sign t-shirt? I bet the school board would have reacted differently.
Things will be back to normal once this teacher joins he unemployment line for her indefensible, unjust, and unfair treatment of this kid. But it's nice to see real Americans stand by and show support for the girls rights.
My congratulations to Ms. Samantha Pawlucy. She has unwittingly become a great symbol of freedom, and has learned a valuable lesson in both politics, and tyranny. I pray for her that this lesson is never forgotten, and that it empowers her to take a continued stand for liberty. I still think the offending teacher should be fired, as they are unfit to aid in the devlopment of young minds. To those of you who championed Samantha in her defense; you have done well. The fair damsel has been rescued, but forget not that the dragon which spews forth such venom still creeps. Be wary, and be strong, for now is the time to stand.
I'm sure the shirt would be acceptable if she was a McKenyan supporter or an admirer of Marx, Mao, Stalin, or Che.
I talked to several high school students who says that everyday , there are probably at least a dozen Obama graphic Ts being worn at their school and a few posters ( hey he is our current President) and never have seen a Mitt. Of course whether on- line or at stores, the rock (or hip-hop) star popularity of the Prez and his image slathered on everything was not all political also about making $$$ ( which is capitalism) which is fine, I have no problem that as long as other kids are allowed to adorn who they like whether its Obama ( many said it was just because it was cool) or Romney, etc. But teachers, because they are authoritative influencers (or at the very least can hold a grade over your head) should not display favoritism personally or academically shove it in students face. In college political science class gloves off, as long as the professor doesn't (and usually they don't ) hold it against them.
This teacher must be fired. This cannot and will not be tolerated!
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