A teenage girl has returned to her school in Philadelphia after being ridiculed by her teacher for supporting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
High school sophomore Samantha Pawlucy wore a pink Romney/Ryan T-shirt to "dress-down" day at Charles Carroll High School.
Pawlucy said that's when her geometry teacher, Lynette Gaymon, publicly mocked her, announcing it was a "Democratic" school and comparing her shirt to a "KKK" shirt.
For a week, the 16-year-old said she couldn't bear to return to school. She said she even received threats on Facebook and Twitter.
But when Pawlucy finally returned to class, she was greeted by a crowd of supporters who stood up for her and her right to free speech.
"I knew people were going to be out here but not all this. I thought I was going to go to school... a normal day," the teen said.
"It's bigger than all of us," said Bill O'Neil, who came from Holland, Pa., to show his support. "It's about the country. It's about the Constitution."
Pawlucy cried as supporters sang the National Anthem and read the First Amendment aloud.
"What that teacher apparently has done is unconscionable," Jim Rongione, from Upper Dublin, Pa., said. "She singled out one kid. These are young people. They can be influenced."
The teacher has reportedly apologized. She said in a statement that her comments were meant to be "light and humorous."