Philly Student Ridiculed Over Romney T-Shirt
Samantha Pawlucy, a 16-year-old student in Philadelphia says that a teacher ridiculed her for wearing a Mitt Romney t-shirt in class. CNBC's Larry Kudlow weighs in.
The 16-year old sophomore, who attends Charles Carroll High School, told CNBC's Larry Kudlow, that she was humiliated by a teacher for wearing a T-shirt in support of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
She said the teacher compared her to the worst racists in history -- the Ku Klux Klan.
"It was really embarrassing, and I think she did it because she's against Mitt Romney," Samantha said.
"I was really nervous," she added, "and I was worried that after class, people were going to come up to me and say something."
Events unfolded last Friday. Nothing out of the ordinary happened until the student arrived at her geometry class -- before that time the shirt didn't raise any objections.
However, the offending teacher saw the Romney / Ryan shirt "and told me to get out of the classroom, I said no," Samantha explained on "The Kudlow Report." (Read More Below the Video.)
When she stood her ground and refused to change, Samantha said the teacher pulled her into the hall and encouraged others to make fun of her. And according to news reports, the teacher attempted to scribble on the shirt.
Samantha also admitted to Kudlow that she was so embarrassed by what happened she hasn't returned to class. "I don't want to be threatened and I want the teacher to be fired."
Samantha's father Richard Pawlucy is beside himself. He told Larry Kudlow that he wouldn't tolerate his daughter being bullied by anybody let alone a teacher.
Although they've met with school officials about the incident, neither Samantha nor her father are satisfied. "The teacher told us it was a joke. That she jokes around with students. There's nothing funny about what she did."
The school district confirmed to CNBC that an incident occurred and it is conducting an investigation to determine whether disciplinary action is necessary.
That's not ok. You would think teachers would encourage children to pay attention to what is happening in their country and to learn about the electoral and voting process. I think bullying is the right word to use here and I do not blame her father for being very upset. I would be too. That's just awful.
The teacher was WAY out of line.
If school policy forbids wearing shirts supporting any party or candidate, then the student should be told to go home and change.
It reminds me of when I was in middle school. Briefly I liked a black boy in our almost all white school. My science teacher who supported an extremely bigoted guy, George Wallace, running for president, heard about me holding hands with the boy and tried to flunk me despite my never getting anything below a B in his class.
I had no idea how much turmoil that hand holding would lead to.
It really is awful. Teacher turned bully - how horrifying for this child. Some schools are banning any kind of slogans, etc. and I agree - that would be one thing. But to publically call her out like that, and attempt to humiliate her and encourage other students to do the same? Teachers like this have no place in the school system.
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