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October 10, 2012
THE TEMPEST over the Romney T-shirt may have calmed down by now: Student Samantha Pawlucy has returned to school, the teacher in question has written a "mistakes were made" letter, and columnists and commentators have weighed in on the "teachable moments" that might be found in Pawlucy's humiliation at the hands of a teacher who mocked her for her support of a (gasp) Republican in a Democratic town. We agree that there is at least one teachable moment in this episode. But it's not about free speech, and it's not a lesson kids need to learn.
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai and Samantha Byles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The student and teacher at the center of the Romney/Ryan T-shirt controversy returned to Charles Carroll High School on Tuesday - briefly and for different purposes. Samantha Pawlucy, the sophomore who received a highly publicized classroom dressing-down by her math teacher for wearing the pink T-shirt, appeared overwhelmed as she was greeted by supporters outside the Port Richmond school. Pawlucy read from the Declaration of Independence at a brief rally before school. As the group of about two dozen supporters crowded around to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner," the 16-year-old held her hand to her mouth, tears filling her eyes.
NEWS
October 10, 2012
School is supposed to be where young Americans learn about the Constitution's guarantee of freedom of speech. It's not where students should be ridiculed for expressing a preference in the presidential election. Children can't vote, but they can let the adults who do know which candidate they like and why. That could create one of those coveted teachable moments in which students, guided by a capable teacher, get to exchange ideas and learn something valuable without resorting to a dull textbook, website entry, or video.
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Within hours of Samantha Pawlucy's return to Charles Carroll High School, the teacher she said publicly humiliated her over a Romney T-shirt returned as well, reading from a letter at a brief assembly. Lynette Gaymon, Pawlucy's former geometry teacher, visited the school Tuesday morning, the district's spokesperson confirmed. The teacher read from a letter she wrote, originally distributed to teachers with the intention of having it read aloud to students, a person attending the assembly said.
NEWS
October 9, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter reached out Sunday to the student and teacher at the heart of a controversy in a Port Richmond school over the student's wearing of a Romney/Ryan T-shirt. Nutter separately visited Lynette Gaymon, a geometry teacher at Charles Carroll High School, and Samantha Pawlucy, a 16-year-old sophomore. Neither of the parties, nor their families, would discuss the mayor's visits. Nutter, in a brief telephone interview, said he had no comment. "It's up to my daughter," Pawlucy's father, Richard, said Sunday when asked what comes next.
NEWS
October 8, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first call came Friday evening, tinged with racist hate. "Watch your back, (racist slur). I'mma blow your (profanity) brains out," one of Lynette Gaymon's aunts said Saturday. Gaymon, a geometry teacher at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond, has been accused of humiliating a student who wore a pink Romney/Ryan T-shirt on "dress-down" day Sept. 28. After the story drew media attention last week, the teacher's aunts said, she stayed out of school and took refuge with friends.
NEWS
October 8, 2012 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
What happened to Samantha Pawlucy, also known as Romney Girl, most likely feeds into every conservative Pennsylvanian's perception of our city as a cesspool of Democratic liberals. At her public school a week ago Friday, the Port Richmond sophomore says she was dissed on dress-down day because she had the temerity to wear a Romney/Ryan T-shirt, embracing the minority group our city least tolerates: Republicans. Geometry teacher Lynette Gaymon told Samantha that Charles Carroll High - a model of diversity with an enrollment that's one-third black, one-third white, and a third Latino - was a "Democratic" school.
NEWS
October 7, 2012 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
The takeaway Romney T-shirt episode is a teachable moment - for adults. Karen Heller, A2.
NEWS
October 7, 2012 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer
RICH AND KRISTINE Pawlucy heard the crude words, heard 'em loud and clear as they stood outside their daughter's school. "F--- you!" "You suck!" The foul language spilled from the mouths of a handful of students who crowded near windows at Charles Carroll High School Friday morning, moments after the Pawlucy family filed a complaint on behalf of their daughter, Samantha, who was kicked out of her geometry class on Sept. 28 for wearing a "Romney/Ryan" T-shirt. Samantha Pawlucy, 16, said she had been scolded by her teacher for "wearing a Republican shirt" in a "Democratic school" on a dress-down day. The teacher, whom the Inquirer identified as Lynette Gaymon, has been removed from her post, and the school district is investigating what happened.
NEWS
October 7, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Angered by a teenager's claims of being humiliated by a teacher over a Romney/Ryan T-shirt, students at Charles Carroll High School ignored warnings from administrators and shouted obscenities out school windows at the girl's parents Friday morning. Samantha Pawlucy had accused her geometry teacher of humiliating her for wearing the shirt, and stayed out of school after saying she learned students had made threats against her. To calm the situation, district officials addressed students Friday, urging them to leave Pawlucy alone.
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