Romney calls Samantha Pawlucy, girl at center of T-shirt dust up; citizens show up to voice support
Republican nominee Mitt Romney placed a call to Samanthan Pawlucy, the 16 year-old high school girl at the center of a Romney T-shirt controversy, reports the Pliladelphia Inquirer.
The Romney campaign will not be issuing a formal statement, according to spokeswoman Kate Meriwether, who declined to provide details.
Pawlucy’s father, Richard, declined to comment this morning and the family attorney, Wally Zimolong, could not be reached.
As noted here, Pawlucy was greeted with shouts of obscenities when she attempted to return to school after the encounter with a teacher.
Angered by a teenagers 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 girls 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.
Fortunately, the teen has not gone entirely without outside support.
But when Pawlucy finally returned to class, she was greeted by a crowd of supporters who stood up for her and her right to free speech.
“I knew people were going to be out here but not all this. I thought I was going to go to school… a normal day,” the teen said.
“It’s bigger than all of us,” said Bill O’Neil, who came from Holland, Pa., to show his support. “It’s about the country. It’s about the Constitution.”
Pawlucy cried as supporters sang the National Anthem and read the First Amendment aloud.
However, it still appears she may opt to transfer to another school after the incident. I swear, if I keep hearing teachable moment invoked by people, I’m going to puke.
The father of a 16-year-old Philadelphia girl who says her geometry teacher likened a Mitt Romney T-shirt to a KKK robe says his children will not be going back to the school.
Richard Pawlucy, Samantha’s father, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that his daughter never actually made it to class on Tuesday because she became uncomfortable after going to the school’s administrative offices following the rally held by her supporters. Pawlucy said Samantha and two other high-school age children in his home will be transferring to another school, possibly a charter school.
Superintendent William Hite Jr. has called the ordeal a “teachable moment” and said he will work with the mayor and the teachers union to move “towards a conversation that brings together diverse beliefs, inspires understanding, and heals.”