A Philadelphia high school student who was mocked by a teacher for wearing a Romney/Ryan T-shirt will go back to class Tuesday at Charles Carroll high school in Port Richmond.
Samantha Pawlucy’s mother, Kristine Pawlucy says the firestorm that ensued after the incident in late September could have been avoided if the school had been more responsive. She’s concerned about threats to her daughter’s safety from her classmates, most of them received on facebook.
“I just want Sam to go into school and it’s silly to say I want her to go to school, like nothing happened. I can’t say that, because obviously there’s this elephant in the room you know,” said Pawlucy’s mother.
“It’s just really frustrating and it’s hard, not for me. I mean, I’m an adult. I can handle it; but for Sam, she doesn’t understand the magnitude of it either,” added Kristine.
The story has received national attention and the teacher has reportedly received threats after her phone number was published on multiple conservative websites. Mayor Nutter met with the family and teacher separately, but the Pawlucy’s do not want to talk about the meeting.
A Pennsylvania House Republican candidate will lead a rally outside the school, where supporters will recite the pledge of allegiance, as a show of support when Pawlucy returns.
Pawlucy isn’t expected to wear the T-shirt she donned it in the first place on a “dress down” day when students were allowed to stray from the usual dress code.