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Student Wearing Romney-Ryan Shirt Told To Leave Class

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A local teenager's support for Mitt Romney has landed her teacher in a bit of trouble.

Samantha Pawlucy is an honor student at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond.

She isn't even old enough to vote. But, thanks to her choice in wardrobe, she's getting a crash course in politics.

The controversy surrounds a Romney-Ryan campaign T-shirt that Samantha wore during a casual dress day.

"I came in. And she said, 'Are you wearing a Mitt Romney shirt?' And I said, 'Yeah.' She pointed and said, 'Get out of the class.' And I said, 'No.'"

Apparently the shirt didn't go over to well with Samantha's math teacher.

"You can't wear a Republican shirt in a Democratic school," Samantha says her teacher told her.

Samantha says the comments by the teacher led to more teasing about her shirt by other students and a janitor. She was even compared to being in the KKK.

"She took a red marker, tried to draw on it, and then she told me to take off my shirt and she would give me a different one," Samantha said.

Her parents got word of what was going on. But, after a meeting with the principal and the teacher, they're still not satisfied.

"It's an adult that's bullying a child," said the girl's mother.

"I expect it from the students, but not from teachers," said her father.

The School District of Philadelphia confirms comments were made about the shirt. And the principal is investigating.

In a statement, the district tells us, "The student was exercising her right to freedom of speech and she didn't violate any rules."

Samantha's parents want the teacher fired.

"This is Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom and things like that, but we have schools that want to take away her freedom," said the girl's father, Richard Pawlucy.

The school district also confirms they have removed the teacher from Samantha's math class at least for the time being.

As for Samantha, she says the incident has given her more confidence to stand up for what she believes, FOX 29's Chris O'Connell reported.

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