Judge Jeanine: Teacher Who Assigned 'Get Well' Notes to Cop Killer Deserved Firing
On last night's "Justice," Judge Jeanine Pirro reacted to a story that made her blood boil: a New Jersey third grade teacher assigned her students to send "get well" notes to a convicted cop killer.
Marylin Zuniga, a first-year teacher, drew widespread condemnation for assigning her young charges the task of writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.
A school board Wednesday voted to fire Zuniga, who had been suspended with pay since the incident.
"Ms. Zuniga's personal agenda is contrary to what we expect from elementary school teachers," Judge Jeanine said. "This isn’t learning. This is an indoctrination and a mental manipulation of young impressionable minds."
"A woman like Marylin Zuniga does not belong anywhere near third graders. Get her away from our kids."
Watch Judge Jeanine's remarks above and read the full transcript below.
Parents of third graders at the Forest Street Elementary School in New Jersey got the shock of their lives when they found out their children were assigned to send "get well notes" to a murderer, once on death row. But not just any killer, a cop killer!
28-year-old Marylin Zuniga, a first year teacher, actually tweeted that the letters from her third graders were just dropped off to "comrade" Johanna Fernandez, who then took to cop killer, Mumia Abu Jamal, hospitalized for a diabetes-related illness.
Now, when parents heard about the assignment and the case was in the news, Zuniga was suspended with pay, but appeared at a school board hearing, where she dug her heels in, saying, "I stand in front of you today because there's a community behind me. There's people around the nation who support me."
Ms. Zuniga, you really believe that? Then you're dumber than your third graders! Kids go to school to learn the three R's: reading, writing and arithmetic. How to behave with other kids, how to be polite. Not for political indoctrination.
Now, most of us remember special teachers from when we were kids. My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Shepardson, used to pin notes for my mom on my dress. By the way, there were no emails back then. She left an incredible impression on me. She molded my thoughts. I believed everything she said and I wanted to please her. But, this teacher, Zuniga, abused the authority that she has to influence innocent minds by having them pay respects to a cop killer.
Our children need to be respectful of authority. And those who put their lives on the line to protect all of us. Ms. Zuniga's personal agenda is contrary to what we expect from elementary school teachers. This isn’t learning. This is an indoctrination and a mental manipulation of young impressionable minds.
One need only look back in history to examine those with agendas who took advantage of young minds. And do not let her create sympathy on the grounds that her students "need" her with statements like: "My students need me in the classroom. My students have requested that I come back to the classroom. They miss me and they've been asking for me. No one is thinking about the students."
The school board unanimously fired her in less than three minutes. This woman deserved to be fired. And if anyone out there says that the First Amendment allows her to do this, you're wrong. These are not college students.
A young police officer, Daniel Faulkner, was shot in the back by this dirtbag Mumia. After which, Mumia stood over the downed police officer and shot him an additional 4 times at close range.
A woman like Marylin Zuniga does not belong anywhere near third graders. Get her away from our kids.