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GOP Presidential Candidate Calls Philadelphia Teen At Center Of T-Shirt Controversy

(Samantha Pawlucy arrives at Charles Carrol High School on October 9th.   Credit: Paul Kurtz)

(Samantha Pawlucy arrives at Charles Carrol High School on October 9th. Credit: Paul Kurtz)

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mitt Romney has called the family of a 16-year-old Philadelphia girl who says she was mocked by her geometry teacher for wearing a Romney T-shirt in class.

Romney campaign spokesman Rick Gorka says the Republican presidential candidate called Samantha Pawlucy’s (pah-LOOS’-ee) home on Wednesday.

Gorka says Samantha wasn’t home but her mother was. He says Romney told her that he appreciated her daughter’s courage.

The girl briefly returned to Charles Carroll High School on Tuesday. But her father says she never actually made it to class because she felt uncomfortable. He says Samantha and two other high-school age children in his home will now be transferring to another school.

The teacher has apologized, but hasn’t returned to school as she awaits the results of a school district investigation.

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