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Philadelphia teacher equates student’s Romney T-shirt with KKK sheet

posted at 12:10 pm on October 5, 2012 by

A Philadelphia high school that normally requires students to wear uniforms initiated a casual dress day on Wednesday. But for one student at Charles Carroll High School, the opportunity to dress down was accompanied by a public dressing down, station KSDK reports.

Samantha Pawlucy, a sophomore, came to school clad in a Romney-Ryan T-shirt. The day passed without incident until she arrived at her geometry class. Her teacher, who is black, became so exercised at the sight of the shirt that she ordered the 16-year-old out of her classroom. When Samantha refused to leave, the teacher told her to remove the shirt, demanding to know whether her parents were (cover your ears) “R*p*blican.” She explained that Carroll High is a “Democratic school” and that wearing a Republican shirt is in her view akin to wearing a KKK shirt.

Still not satisfied that this important lesson had taken, the teacher marched Samantha out into the hallway, where she urged other teachers and students to mock her for her impertinence.

 “I was really embarrassed and shocked,” the teen is quoted as saying. “I didn’t think she’d go in the hallway and scream to everyone.”

Samantha told reporters that she had decided to wear the shirt after researching the two major party candidates for president and concluding that she liked Romney’s message better. Her father, Richard Pawlucy, said she was especially interested in Romney’s opposition to partial-birth abortion.

The elder Pawlucy said that his daughter was visibly upset when she returned home after the incident but was initially reluctant to reveal what had happened out of fear of retaliation from the school.

The parents demanded a meeting with the school administration. The teacher, whose name has not been revealed, claimed it was all a joke. The incident is under investigation by the district, which for the time has transferred the teacher to another classroom, where she can inflict her narrow-mindedness and bigotry on a fresh set of youngsters.

The incident is reminiscent of another in May, in which a North Carolina teacher told her class that speaking out against Barack Obama could result in their being imprisoned.

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Well, we know how Liberals don’t like free speech.

magicbeans on October 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM

The teacher, whose name has not been revealed, claimed it was all a joke.

“I was just kidding!” Typical response of a bully that’s been called out.

CurtZHP on October 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM

And these are the teachers.

pat on October 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

And these are the teachers.

pat on October 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Not teachers, indoctrinators.

rbj on October 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Should put on the back Democrat KKK supporter’s faces and names as well as titles they held!

astonerii on October 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Uniforms are a very good thing and do solve a lot of problems. I would support their implementation on a much wider basis.

That having been said, what this teacher did is inexcusable and the solution to this particular problem is to make the kids wear stuff that “avoids” the issue.

Also the solution is not to transfer the teacher to another classroom. I can understand that the school district cannot discipline her until they can conduct an investigation and obtain all of the facts. You can’t automatically assume the child’s story is completely accurate. That’s reasonable. But, in the meantime, suspend her with pay. That way, if it turns out she is innocent, she has not been harmed. But if it turns out to be true, she has not had the opportunity to harm additional students.

Shump on October 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

the teacher is stressed…voter ID put on hold in PA and $4 gas…come election day, so much to do, so much to do…

teejk on October 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

In most professions, child abuse is the end of a career…..interestingly, in the profession with the most contact with children, not so much.

cthulhu on October 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

The teacher, whose name has not been revealed, claimed it was all a joke.

Hey, teacher, you’re fired!!!
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Just kidding.
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Actually, not kidding.

Bitter Clinger on October 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

The report fails to mention the teacher was wearing New Black Panthers T Shirt, with free Mumia on the back and was wielding a club.

Odie1941 on October 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Uniforms are a very good thing and do solve a lot of problems. I would support their implementation on a much wider basis.

I can’t stand uniforms in school and I get sick looking at middle schoolers and elementary kids all wearing the same thing. Uniforms are just a band-aid for underlying issues and punishing everyone for the faults of some.

I really hate it when teachers openly advocate their leanings either in religion or politics because school isn’t for that, but there are bullies behind every desk, including the teacher’s. If not fired, then this teacher should have an administrator or dept. coach sit in their class every day, every class, to ensure nothing happens again, because clearly they can’t act like an adult otherwise.

kc-anathema on October 5, 2012 at 3:22 PM

This is a huge, huge story in Philly right now. There is a new talk radio station that has had the girl and her parents on and spent the last 3 days taking calls about it from outraged people. The girl has now received death threats on Facebook and been told to her face that she would be “jumped” one day on her way in to school.

The mayor has so far been silent about this, but he was quick to issue an official apology to a Puetro Rican woman who was punched in the face by white a police officer over the weekend and caught on videotape.

rockmom on October 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

R U kidding me? What’s with these black female teachers and their freakin’ infatuations with Obamuh? Don’t let Mooch find out. Imagine if a white teacher did this to a black kid for wearing an Obama t-shirt.

With idiots like this teaching our children why worry about the future cuz they’re screwed already! These poor excuses for teachers are definitely cold and callous and mean enough to be advancing Obamuh’s America especially when she says it was just a joke–yeah, she lies like Obamuh, too.

stukinIL4now on October 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Open-minded, tolerant, and civil. You’ll know the left by their fruits.

I’m sure she’ll get the maximum punishment a teacher can receive: indefinite paid leave.

Transpo on October 5, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Should put on the back Democrat KKK supporter’s faces and names as well as titles they held!

astonerii on October 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Agreed. I’m guessing the teacher is ignoring the history of the KKK…or is just ignorant of things outside math.

ProfShadow on October 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM

uniforms are expensive

tomas on October 5, 2012 at 9:03 PM

scary. how many other teachers are like this? agree with them or be publicly shamed.

indoctrination?? what indoctrination??? totally not happening at all/

i feel so sorry for the girl. i wish it were me in her place, that teacher would have regretted it.

Uniforms are a very good thing and do solve a lot of problems. I would support their implementation on a much wider basis.

Shump on October 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM

NOT true, they are boring and steal the students’ chances to express their own individual style. they really don’t solve any problems, they are silly and pointless.

Sachiko on October 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

She explained that Carroll High is a “Democratic school” and that wearing a Republican shirt is in her view akin to wearing a KKK shirt.

The irony. The irony. Carroll High may be a “Democratic school”, but so was the Klan.

J_Crater on October 5, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I have it on EXCELLENT authority the school is in the bottom 30% of performance in math in the country. This black geometry teacher should be fired anyway.

Pennsylvania Educators Code of Conduct

Pennsylvania’s Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators

The Pennsylvania Code on the PSPC’s website, http://www.education.state.pa.us
is a document that expresses in detail the standards of behavior and attitude that
reflect the values of the professional educator community. Each and every professional
educator in the Commonwealth is expected to adopt and practice the conduct espoused
in the Code. The Code serves as a tool for improving the quality of education by
establishing clearly defined ethical standards for the teaching profession.
In addition to detailing the general principles that should guide the educational
practitioner, the Code delineates specific behaviors that are prescribed and proscribed.
Specifically, educators are expected to:
• abide by all pertinent laws and regulations;
• be adequately prepared and properly certified in their areas of assignment;
• maintain high levels of competency;
• exhibit respectful and equitable treatment towards fellow educators, parents and
students;
• accept the value of diversity of educational practices;
• exhibit professional communication skills;
• maintain confidentiality within the workplace; and
• protect the students from conditions that are threatening or harmful.
Similarly, educators are prohibited from:
• engaging in illegal conduct;
• accepting employment or encouraging employment in an area when not properly
certified;
• discriminating on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, culture, religion, sex
or sexual orientation, marital status, age, political beliefs, socioeconomic status,
disability or vocational interest;
• interfering with a student’s or colleague’s exercise of political/civil rights or
responsibilities;
• accepting gratuities, gifts or favors that might impair or appear to impair
professional judgment;
• exploiting a professional relationship;
• misrepresenting student or colleague evaluations;
• misrepresenting subject matter or curriculum;
• harassing students or colleagues sexually;
• engaging in relationships of a sexual nature with students;
• withholding evidence from authorities concerning violations of the Code;
• denying or impeding a colleague in the exercise or enjoyment of a professional
right or privilege;
• using coercive means to influence professional decisions of colleagues; and
• threatening, coercing or discriminating against a colleague who, in good faith,
reports or discloses actual or suspected violations of laws, regulations or
standards.

DevilsPrinciple on October 5, 2012 at 11:27 PM

The mayor has so far been silent about this, but he was quick to issue an official apology to a Puetro Rican woman who was punched in the face by white a police officer over the weekend and caught on videotape.

rockmom on October 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

That officer was fired today by the Phila. police commissioner.

DevilsPrinciple on October 5, 2012 at 11:31 PM

School’s web site: http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/schools/c/carroll

Contact information:
Principal
Joyce A. Hoog

2700 E. Auburn St.
Philadelphia PA 19134
Phone: 215.291.4707

jhoog@phila.k12.pa.us

malclave on October 6, 2012 at 12:25 AM

The student should have told the teacher that she should not get upset because all KKK members were registered Democrats.

BigAlSouth on October 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM