While on Facebook this morning (gross, I know) I saw that my sister had posted a comment on what I thought was one of her local high school's pages (it turned out not to be her local school though), Charles Carroll High School, in Philadelphia. Since her children are elementary-aged, I thought that was weird, so I followed her comments. And was appalled by what I learned.
Last Friday, 16 year old student Samantha Pawlucy wore a t-shirt with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's name and logo on it. It was a normal day until she went to her geometry class, where her teacher evidently had a problem with the shirt.
Samantha's teacher actually told her to get out of her classroom, just because she was wearing the shirt seen in the picture above. When Samantha didn't, the teacher pulled her into the hallway where she apparently encouraged others to make fun of Samantha and bully her. The teacher compared her to the Ku Klux Klan, all but calling her a racist, for supporting the Republican Party.
It went another step further. She (or a teacher's aide?) got out a Sharpie and attempted to scribble on the shirt Samantha was wearing, while the other students made fun of her.
Samantha was so embarrassed by what happened that she didn't return to class and has not apparently returned since. She felt threatened by this teacher and I don't blame her.
The teacher says it was a "joke." I'm not laughing. Neither is Samantha or her family. The school board has not decided whether they will take disciplinary actions. In the meantime, she remains teaching in the school.
You can read more here,
including a video interview with Samantha and her father.
Have you heard about this story? Have you ever seen this kind of bullying at school, or in your college? What would you do if you were Samantha or her family?