Teacher Suspended for Having 3rd-Graders Write 'Get Well' Letters to Cop Killer
A New Jersey teacher has been suspended after she had her third-grade students write “get well” letters to convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia officer Daniel Faulkner, recently fell ill while in prison.
Orange Public Schools officials “vehemently deny” that they knew Marylin Zuniga asked her students to write these letters.
School officials said in a statement:
"The Orange Public Schools was surprised to learn through recent news reports that one of its teachers, Ms. Marilyn Zuniga, a third grade teacher at Forest Street Elementary School, involved her students in a 'get well' letter writing assignment to convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal."
"The school's principal and district administrators vehemently deny that it had any knowledge of the assignment and preliminary inquiries find that no approval was ever sought nor were parents notified about this unauthorized activity.”
"The incident reported is in no way condoned nor does it reflect curriculum, program or activities approved by the district."
Today on “Outnumbered,” Melissa Francis remarked that parents can’t always control what happens when their kids aren’t with them. She said that all parents can do is turn these instances into a lesson.
Francis said that she would tell her kids, “I’m glad that you did that because this man is an evil killer, what he did was so wrong, but Jesus teaches us to love your enemy, and here’s an example of you forgiving someone who has done something that is so wrong.”
Kirsten Powers said that the teacher could be reinstated if she understands what she did, but Powers said she questions the teacher’s judgment.
#OneLuckyGuy Chris Plante said that the teacher should be fired to send a message that outrageous, politically motivated behavior isn’t acceptable.
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