The parents of a Philadelphia high schooler who said her geometry teacher ordered her to remove her pro-Mitt Romney T-shirt are suing the teacher and the school district.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the suit claims the district ignored 16-year-old Samantha Pawlucy’s right to free speech and allowed other students to harass her, subjecting her “to emotional distress, simply because she exercised her First Amendment rights.”
Pawlucy’s story went viral after she wore a pink Romney-Ryan T-shirt to school and said her teacher, Lynette Gaymon, ordered her to remove it, saying Carroll High School is a “Democratic” school and that it was akin to wearing a Ku Klux Klan shirt.
Gaymon later wrote a public letter of apology to Pawlucy. Romney himself called the teen’s family and said he appreciated her courage.
According to the Inquirer, the suit claims the district’s “de facto prohibition” on pro-Romney T-shirts violated Pawlucy’s right to free speech and says Gaymon defamed the teen by implying she “was a racist and Ku Klux Klan sympathizer.”
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Mitt Romney’s demographic troubles have, by this point, been well-rehearsed by practically every pundit across the political spectrum. However, even in his most troubled demographic (black voters, where Romney was trounced 94-6), the GOP nominee could probably comfort himself that at least – contrary to some polls – he didn’t get 0 percent.
But what if there are parts of the country where Romney not only got zero percent of the vote (a possibility in the case of vote totals so small that rounding renders them null), but actually got literally zero votes? For the nominee of a major party, that would be truly extraordinary – so extraordinary, in fact, that it would strain credulity.
And seeing as this highly unlikely turn of events happened not in one or two precincts, but in over 59 in Philadelphia, and 9 in Cleveland, that credulity can be safely said to be completely strained, if not broken. From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
It’s one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch.
These are the kind of numbers that send Republicans into paroxysms of voter-fraud angst, but such results may not be so startling after all.
“We have always had these dense urban corridors that are extremely Democratic,” said Jonathan Rodden, a political science professor at Stanford University. “It’s kind of an urban fact, and you are looking at the extreme end of it in Philadelphia.”
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