Teacher getting threats over Romney shirt

Oct. 7, 2012 at 1:48 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Relatives of a Pennsylvania teacher accused of humiliating a student who wore a pink Romney/Ryan T-shirt to school said she has received threatening calls.

Lynette Gaymon, a geometry teacher at Charles Carroll High School in Port Richmond, has been accused of humiliating a student who wore a pink shirt supporting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on "dress-down" day Sept. 28, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Gaymon, a black woman who lives with two of her aunts in Philadelphia, told sophomore Samantha Pawlucy that her shirt was analogous to wearing a KKK shirt.

Since that story made national news, Gaymon's family members said she has been receiving threatening phone calls.

"Watch your back, [expletive]. I'mma blow your [expletive] brains out," one of Lynette Gaymon's aunts, who asked to not be identified, said Saturday.

"She's a jokester. Lynn is like the family clown," one of the aunts said. "When it comes to entertainment, she's the one."

Meanwhile, when Pawlucy's parents dropped off a complaint form over the incident at the school Friday, the student's classmates yelled obscenities at them, the Inquirer reported.

Kristine Pawlucy said her daughter has been taunted and threatened by fellow students on Facebook.

School officials told Pawlucy's parents Friday that students wouldn't bother her when she returns to class.

"Fifteen minutes later, we were outside, and [the students] started cursing us and giving us the finger," said Rich Pawlucy.

"I want her to come back and stand up for what's right," Kristine Pawlucy added, "but I'm afraid she'll be physically assaulted."

Gaymon's aunts said she appreciated the support but wasn't happy with the anger directed at Samantha Pawlucy.

"Lynn's really hurting about Samantha. She's really, really hurting for that child," one of them said. "Do what Lynn would want, what she always wants her kids to do: Come to school. Do your homework. Be on time. Be respectful."

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