Thursday, October 04, 2012
A Tale of Two Public Schools....
This story hasn't made national news yet...but it will. I couldn't help but wonder what I would do if this happened to one of my kids? Injustice is one thing when it happens to you, but when you have to watch it effect your children...
"A Philadelphia high schooler says she was humiliated after her teacher told her to lose her Gov. Mitt Romney T-shirt comparing it to “wearing a KKK shirt.”
Samantha Pawlucy, a 16-year-old sophomore at Charles Carroll High School in the Port Richmond section of the city, says she wore a pink Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan T-shirt last Friday during the school's dress down day.
No one made an issue of Samantha’s political T-shirt until she got to geometry class.
"The teacher told me to get out of the classroom, I said no," Samantha said.
"She told me to take off my shirt and said that she has another one if I need one. And then the teacher asked me… 'are your parents Republican?' I said, 'I don't know.' She said that's like her wearing a KKK shirt."
Samantha was so embarrassed by the public criticism in front of her classmates that she told her parents she didn’t want to return to school.
A spokesperson for the Philadelphia School District tells NBC10 the teacher was transferred to another classroom as the district investigates the incident." (source)
Last night, I heard this story while driving to my son's junior high for the beginning of the year Open House. I was feeling discouraged about the teachers out there as I was walking through the halls looking for Spanish I and then I took a wrong turn and happened upon this:
Social Studies teacher. At my kid's public school. So, I went home feeling just a tiny bit better.
Then, I went home and watched the debate and went to bed feeling A LOT better.