Romney Shirt Equivalent to KKK According to Teacher
With less than a month away from the Presidential election, everyone has an opinion. But for Philadelphia high school honor student, Samantha Pawlucy, when she decided to show her support to Presidential nominee Mitt Romney by wearing a campaign shirt to school on a “dress down” day, she found out just how opinionated some people can be – especially her teacher.
When Samantha walked into her geometry class, her teacher, Lynette Gaymon, mocked her, called in others to laugh at her, and even told her that wearing the shirt was the same as wearing a “KKK” shirt to school. The teacher then took a red marker to draw on Samantha’s shirt and told her to leave class. According to Samantha, she was told she should not wear “a Republican shirt in a Democratic school.”
The backlash of this incident has been wide-spread. Samantha receiving repeated threats from classmates, former friends, and students from other schools and was too scared to return to school. After a week off of school, Samantha finally returned to a chorus of supports and listened to the school principal read a letter of apology from the teacher:
"I'm very sorry for all the chaos and negative attention that has surrounded the school in the past couple of weeks," she wrote. "What I meant as a light and humorous remark during class has developed into a huge conflict between students, faculty, parents and neighbors. My words were never meant to belittle Ms. Pawlucy, or cause any harm, and I truly regret that we have come to this point."
Samantha’s parents are still livid from the incident and questioning if Gaymon should still be teaching. And I don’t blame them. Regardless of political affiliation, this teacher crossed the line into bullying a student and that can’t be accepted in our schools.
What do you think? Was this a harmless joke or should the teacher be reprimanded for her behavior?