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Romney calls Pa. family at center of T-shirt flap

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Photo -   Charles Carroll High School student Samantha Pawlucy, center, arrives at the school Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012, with parents Richard, left, and mother Kristine, pushing son Matthew, in Philadelphia. Supporters of Pawlucy gathered outside the school to show support for the teen as she returned to school for the first time after she was allegedly mocked by her geometry teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney T-shirt last week. Her father said that Samantha, who never actually made it to class after the rally, and his other high-school age children will be transferring to another school. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez) THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES
Charles Carroll High School student Samantha Pawlucy, center, arrives at the school Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012, with parents Richard, left, and mother Kristine, pushing son Matthew, in Philadelphia. Supporters of Pawlucy gathered outside the school to show support for the teen as she returned to school for the first time after she was allegedly mocked by her geometry teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney T-shirt last week. Her father said that Samantha, who never actually made it to class after the rally, and his other high-school age children will be transferring to another school. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez) THE EVENING BULLETIN OUT, TV OUT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES
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PHILADELPHIA (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.

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