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Samantha Pawlucy arrives at her school Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012, with parents Richard, left, and mother Kristine pushing son Matthew. Supporters of Samantha Pawlucy a student at Charles Carroll High School in Philadelphia gathered outside the school to show support for the teen as she returned to school for the first time on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Pawlucy was allegedly singled out by a teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney t-shirt to school. ( AP Photo / Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez ) THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES
Samantha Pawlucy arrives at her school Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012, with parents Richard, left, and mother Kristine pushing son Matthew. Supporters of Samantha Pawlucy a student at Charles Carroll High School in Philadelphia gathered outside the school to show support for the teen as she returned to school for the first time on Tuesday, October 9, 2012. Pawlucy was allegedly singled out by a teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney t-shirt to school. ( AP Photo / Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez ) THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES
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(AP) Mitt Romney called the family of a 16-year-old Philadelphia girl who has said that she was mocked by her geometry teacher for wearing a Romney T-shirt in class.


Romney campaign spokesman Rick Gorka said Thursday that the Republican presidential candidate called Samantha Pawlucy's home on Wednesday.


Gorka said that while Samantha wasn't home, her mother was and that Romney told her that he appreciated her daughter's courage.


The telephone call was first reported by the Pennsylvania website KeystoneReport.com.


The girl briefly returned to Charles Carroll High School on Tuesday. But her father said she never actually made it to class because she felt uncomfortable. He said 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.


Associated Press
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