I have yet to see the story of Samantha Pawlucy being told her Romney/Ryan shirt was akin to a KKK robe by her Geometry teacher on national news, but it certainly made its rounds online.
Pawlucy has been getting threats from classmates and strangers since the incident. (HuffPo -surprise, surprise- is also reporting that the abusive teacher in question, Lynette Gaymon, is also receiving threats.)
Before 8am this morning, a large crowd gathered in front of Charles Carroll High in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia to support Samantha's return. Not surprisingly, it was mostly veterans.
"The demonstration began outside Port Richmond's Charles Carroll High about 7:45 a.m. with the singing of the national anthem. Pawlucy then took part in the reading of the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence and the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Shouts of "Go, Sam!" and "You're great, Sam!" followed a group recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
With no speeches prolonging the event, about 8 a.m. she went inside. Police helped keep the sidewalks clear as students continued to arrive.
Most of the two dozen or so dozen participants were veterans, judging from their military decorations and signs, such as "I'm a veteran and Samantha is my hero."
Tom Manns, 74, of Olney, said before the rally, "We should stand up for our rights, and she has a perfect right to wear the shirt."
Samantha's mother, Kristine Pawlucy, said to a reporter, "It's overwhelming. I'm just trying to take it all in. . . . A lot of great people in the community - the whole country - have shown a lot of support and I think that's really helped."
Louis Harris Jr. said his four grandchildren took part in reading the First Amendment with Samantha to show that African Americans also support her right to free speech." (source)
My thoughts really go out to this girl today...now that she's inside the walls of the school with no supporters by her side...