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October 12, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The next time Samantha Pawlucy returns to class, her father said, it won't be in a Philadelphia public school. Pawlucy, a sophomore at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond, accused her math teacher of publicly humiliating her for wearing a Romney/Ryan T-shirt to school Sept. 28. Her father, Richard, said his daughter's return to school Tuesday was so uncomfortable that the three high school-age children in his home will not return to Carroll. "Never. One-hundred percent not," he said.
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October 12, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer
IF YOU'RE wondering whether GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is aware of the Philadelphia kerfuffle surrounding a teenage girl and a pink Romney/Ryan T-shirt, he is. Romney on Wednesday night phoned the home of Samantha Pawlucy, the 16-year-old who wore the shirt and was reportedly ridiculed by geometry teacher Lynette Gaymon. Kate Meriwether, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, confirmed the call. Problem was, Samantha was not at home to take the call, according to a source close to the family.
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October 11, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The next time Samantha Pawlucy returns to school, her father said, it won't be Charles Carroll High. Pawlucy is at the center of controversy for accusing her math teacher of publicly humiliating her for wearing a Romney/Ryan t-shirt to school Sept. 28. Her father, Richard, said her return to school Tuesday was so uncomfortable that the three high-school children in his home will not return to Carroll. Instead, he said by phone this morning, the family will transfer their children, possibly to a charter school.
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October 11, 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
Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. will join Mayor Nutter and the head of the teachers' union to help the Charles Carroll High School community move forward from the Mitt Romney T-shirt controversy, Hite said Monday night in a statement. Late last month, teacher Lynette Gaymon had taken student Samantha Pawlucy to task for wearing a Romney T-shirt to school. The story broke last week and garnered national attention. Pawlucy, 16, has not returned to the Port Richmond school since the episode became public.
NEWS
October 10, 2012
I WAS NEVER a fan of the whole anti-bullying hysteria that has whipped so many adults into a frenzy over the past couple of years. I say "hysteria" because it sometimes seemed that even garden-variety mean-spiritedness along the lines of "I know you are, but what am I?" was being turned into a hate crime. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule in the social-media maze of tweeting, Facebook-ing and YouTube-ing. And yes, some of what passes for juvenile joking is much more sinister, especially in the Lord of the Flies group- thuggery scenario common to middle school.
NEWS
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
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.
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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.
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