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Philly girl in political T-shirt flap to transfer

By AP Staff

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The father of a 16-year-old Philadelphia girl who says she was mocked by hergeometry teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney T-shirt says his children will not be going back to the school.

Samantha Pawlucy (pah-LOOS'-ee) briefly returned to Charles Carroll High School in the city's Port Richmond section Tuesday. That's after she says she was mocked last week by her teacher for wearing the shirt supporting the Republican presidential candidate.

But her father, Richard Pawlucy, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer his daughter never actually made it to class. Instead, she went into the school offices following a rally held by her supporters. He says she felt uncomfortable.

He says Samantha and two other high-school age children in his home will be transferring to another school.

The teacher has apologized.

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  1. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    October 10, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

    What a poor excuse for a teacher! Disciplinary action such have been taken against the teacher!

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    • drsiqueComment by drsique
      October 10, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

      Yeah, and that discipline should be immediate removal from the classroom, a fair hearing and then termination. The taxpayers will, once again, end up footing the bill for this teachers disgusting behavior after the multi-million dollar lawsuit is settled. At the very least, “We the People” should have the satisfaction of knowing that this teacher will never offend another student in this manner or cost us a fortune in settlement fees.

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    • 77fordComment by 77ford
      October 10, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

      That teacher should be fired and her teaching certificate revoked

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  2. kissgirlComment by kissgirl
    October 10, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    I wouldn’t consider a statement written by the teacher but read by the principal to be an apology. She never said she was sorry for what she said, only that it caused her trouble. That’s not an apology, and she needed to deliver it in person.

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  3. middlegroundComment by middleground
    October 10, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    This teacher needs to get a new job.

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    • kelstepheComment by kelstephe
      October 10, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

      A little research and you will find that there are two male math teachers at that school, one with an arabic sounding name. Go figure.

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    • godsgirlComment by godsgirl
      October 11, 2012 @ 8:47 am

      Make no mistake, our children are being educated to vote for democrats.

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  4. sandman4x4Comment by sandman4x4
    October 10, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    At the very least the “teacher” should be required to ware said t shirt to the voting booths on Novembers voting day! ans for 1 week prior, if not she should be fired!

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    • nancyjComment by nancyj
      October 10, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

      In my state, that would be considered illegal. No advertising withing 100 feet of a polling area.

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  5. diamondjimComment by diamondjim
    October 10, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    This “teacher” is a racist pig, and should be fired, not disciplined. Can you imagine the flap if that teacher had been white and the the kid was black and wearing an Obama T-shirt?? Obama would have called the girl ala Sandra Fluke, and probably shown up at the school for a campaign event, which would be well covered by the drive-by media. The double standard is disgusting!

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  6. mmmusaComment by mmmusa
    October 10, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    first, I wonder who she apologized to. I would have made her apologize to the young lady in front of the entire school.

    second, my sister lives in PA and never heard of this story. funny how the liberal press continues to bury these stories but doesn’t hesitate to but big bird all over the front page.

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  7. braines57Comment by braines57
    October 10, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    I don’t think the daughter should have had to change schools. I understand that it was an embarassing event and I’m sure there were students who sided with the teacher and made derogatory comments to the girl as well; however, we have to teach our kids to stand up for what they believe in, even in the face of strong opposition. This world is not a nice place and it isn’t going to get any better for this girl when she graduates, so she needs to learn how to take a stand and keep it, even in the face of opposition. I think that the teacher should be REQUIRED to apologize in person, in front of the WHOLE SCHOOL. Then said teacher should be put on unpaid leave until the school board can convene and terminate employment. Has anyone ever noticed that the liberal teacher groups go on and on about promoting classroom environments where everyone’s opinion is respected, but what they really mean is as long as it agrees with our liberal agenda? Someone needs to send this young lady’s name to the Romney/Ryan campaign so that she can be invited to the inauguration after they win.

    NOVEMBER 6, 2012 – NATIONAL TAKE OUT THE TRASH DAY!

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    • godsgirlComment by godsgirl
      October 11, 2012 @ 8:46 am

      I believe her parents had her change school out of compassion and love for their daughter…I homeschooled my children up until highschool…I am apalled at the extraordinary meanness and bullying and horrific abusive speech that goes on between highschoolers, and it is unmediated by the “adults” around the children…this young girl should not be expected to stand her ground as a pariah in high school…better to move her, since this gutless principle can’t figure out to do the right thing and punish the bullying teacher. High school kids are not always equipped to stand up against this and should not be expected to. As she gets older, she will be more mature and able to stand against this type of stupidity.

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    • braines57Comment by braines57
      October 11, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

      I guess I should add that I am a single mom and my youngest is a senior in high school, so I completely understand about bullying in school, how much worse it has gotten since I was in school, and what teenagers today experience if they stand up for conservative Christian values. Over the years, both of my daughters have had some extremely liberal teachers, who had no problem expressing their liberal views in the classroom. Both of my daughters have learned how to stand up for themselves without being disrespectful and because of this, they have earned the respect and trust of most of their teachers (including many of the liberal ones!), as well as administrators in the school. My daughters have learned to be articulate and respectful when expressing their views. They do not back down from heated debates, but they respect the rights of others to have different views. While over the years they have each, on occasion, experienced bullying tactics (including from teachers), they are both prepared to stand up for themselves and think for themselves, even when there is no one else there to take their side. I think these are critical tools for survival in today’s world. I wish this young lady only the very best for her courage and I hope that she continues to stand up for what she believes in – she is an example to many adults today as well as young people.

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  8. wedeyComment by wedey
    October 10, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    I wish the girl would stay and stand her ground. There may be a few nuts at her school but she has most of the country behind her. I understand though as school is hard enough and why should she stand her ground when most adults don’t stand up for what they believe in. It would be great if all the students came to school with a Romney T shirt, even the ones who like Obama, just to show that the schools can’t push you around just because you are a school age kid.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      October 11, 2012 @ 10:14 am

      High school is hard enough without adding more stress to it. I think the parents are probably right in transferring her. Funny, you used to transfer your kids when they got knocked up or in trouble with the law to avoid ridicule. Now those kids stay in their school and are praised and instead kids like this girl have to transfer. What a backwards world we are living in.

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  9. mcoryComment by mcory
    October 10, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

    That teacher should be fired. No mercy.

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  10. marj0120Comment by marj0120
    October 10, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    Given that teachers are paid by tax payer funding, they should not express their personal political beliefs to the children they teach. That is a parent’s job along with religion, as well as views on abortion and promiscuity.

    But, now they they can dictate diet in the lunch room I guess dictating political beliefs is just another step in brain washing our children.

    Fire the nutcase!

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  11. txsunshyneComment by txsunshyne
    October 10, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    Why should she have to hear a fake apology? So has suffered enough. I do believe that the teacher should be fired and blacked balled from teaching ever again because of his BULLYING behavior. If the school board does not take action in this situation then the students will believe they have a free ride to bully other students.

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  12. captdotComment by captdot
    October 10, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

    It’s a shame that something like this happened. The school should be ashamed. I understand that there was a great rally of support for her on Tuesday morning. I think the transfer is the best for her. God bless, Kiddo!

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  13. Albert Russell Clay JrComment by Albert Russell Clay Jr
    October 11, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    What has this country come to? Since it’s OK for politicians to lie and steal, it’s OK to demean someone for their choice of which liar and thief they choose, appearently to lowest of low is in politics, and can attack our children in a place of leaning, without real consequence, a meaningless apology is all that is necessary (supposidly)

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    • cgretiredComment by cgretired
      October 11, 2012 @ 9:45 am

      “…which liars they choose”? Now, here’s a real positive endorcement for Romney.

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  14. burningmanComment by burningman
    October 11, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    I think what this teacher did is called “bullying”. She should be terminated as an example.

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    • godsgirlComment by godsgirl
      October 11, 2012 @ 8:42 am

      The teacher should be fired. No wonder our children bully, when we permit such jerks to be in charge in the classroom.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      October 11, 2012 @ 10:16 am

      Bullying is okay as long as you are doing it in support of liberal beliefs. They don’t care about Christians or conservatives being bullied. I guess those groups “deserve” it for being so wrong.

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  15. noveldogComment by noveldog
    October 11, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    That geometry teacher needs to be severely reprimanded and told….if this happens again you are no longer math….but history….got that?

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  16. Pat SpadeComment by Pat Spade
    October 11, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    When I was in HS bk in the late 50′s,early 60′s,one history teacher was very liberal & had weird ways of teaching (think of loud classical music during tests,putting football players in charge,etc).Everyone wanted out of his class.The only way was to have a scheduling conflict.Thankfully I had one & was able to get out. He was a liberal & twisted his teaching to accmodate his beliefs.The other teacher was a conservative & what made the whole experience liveable was the playful antics between the teachers.Parent didn’t get involved,u learned to live with whatever teacher u got.I’m not putting down the parents here,I DO think this type of bullying/teaching needs to stop; but the experience did make us stronger.

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  17. Jerry MillerComment by Jerry Miller
    October 11, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    If I were on the girls school board, the teacher would be standing in the unemployment line.

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  18. John T LynchComment by John T Lynch
    October 11, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    Please! Wake up! After all we have seen you still have no bearings as to where reality exists! This goes for most urban and great number of public school systems. They, the teachers, can’t and won’t be fired! I’m willing to bet that some time in the future they get some type of award. I’m not being sarcastic. Almost 50% of the staff in these schools are “administrators.” If they try and fire the teachers in the end, and could be years, they will get all their back pay, vacation, raises and damages. They will then go back to teaching, which is unlikely, but will most likely become “administrators” in the system. It’s a disgrace! The parochial, which don’t teach religion if you request it, and other private schools are ranked head and shoulders above the public education system. Only 5-9% of their staf are adminstrators. The children are their main priority. The system now is the union members first and the children and tax payers are behind last. Why do you think democrats and unions are terrified of vouchers? You give me a hard working democratic latino or black family and I guarantee you that they would take the vouchers in a minute. Their children are number in their lives, not the teachers unions or politicians.

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