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    A New Jersey public school teacher who instructed her third-grade students to write “get well” letters to a convicted cop killer was fired at a raucous school board meeting that stretched into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, despite her pleas that “there’s a community behind me.”

    Marylin Zuniga, a first-year teacher who drew widespread condemnation for assigning her young charges the task of writing to Mumia Abu-Jamal, was canned at the meeting of the Orange Board of Education, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported.

    Zuniga, who taught at Forest Street Elementary School, told board members prior to their hasty vote to can her that she has broad support from around the country, the newspaper reported.

    "There's people around the nation who support me, who believe I need to be reinstated and I believe that I need to be reinstated,” Zuniga said. “My students need me in the classroom. My students have requested that I come back to the classroom."

    Abu-Jamal, a 61-year-old serving a life sentence for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, is a self-styled poet who became a darling of celebrities and activists while on death row. His sentence was later commuted to life without parole, and he was suffering from complications from diabetes when Zuniga assigned the task.

    The vote to fire Zuniga occurred after several hours of public speakers, many of whom praised Zuniga for teaching her students to have compassion for a man who killed a police officer. Abu-Jamal killed Faulkner during a routine traffic stop of Abu-Jamal’s brother. At trial, several witnesses reported seeing Abu-Jamal kill Faulkner, and two witnesses said Abu-Jamal confessed to the killing, saying, "I shot the mother---er, and I hope the mother---er dies."

    Although the abrupt vote left meeting attendees unsure of what had happened, Orange Superintendent Ronald Lee confirmed that Zuniga was fired in an email to the Star-Ledger.

    "As this is a personnel issue, I have no further comments on this matter," Lee wrote.

    Zuniga’s attorney, Alan Levine, told the newspaper Zuniga is now considering legal action to challenge her firing.

    Several speakers at the meeting, including Essex County Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake, praised Zuniga.

    “You ought to be ashamed of yourself for trying to crucify her," Timberlake said.

    But Orange resident Gloria Stewart told the board that Zuniga did not deserve to keep her job.

    "Even when I heard that the letters were written...because of compassion, you could've written to somebody in a nursing home," Stewart said. "You could've written to someone else that was sick to show compassion."




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    who does that? How does a teacher not expect to get fired for doing that?

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    Maybe next year the students can write letters to her, "Hope you make assistant manager at Taco Bell soon.".

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    I can't even begin to imagine what my reaction would be if I found out one of my kids was tasked with sending a letter of "compassion" to an inmate!!! I mean really...
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    What's next, get well soon letters to Charles Manson?
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    Third graders. Nice.

    Lets indoctrinate and get 'em young.

    A first year teacher? Geez, I can only imagine, what kind of assignments, would have been required of students, later on.

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    I'm more amazed at the support she's getting. It's one thing for one teacher to be a flake. It's quite another for the flake gets support. There should be a universal cry to ensure this woman no longer teachers. Her judgement stinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    I'm more amazed at the support she's getting. It's one thing for one teacher to be a flake. It's quite another for the flake gets support. There should be a universal cry to ensure this woman no longer teachers. Her judgement stinks.
    Yes, the support is disturbing imo, but then again, it's probably like-minded individuals.

    I have to question the sanity of this "teacher".

    It's a career ending thing. She must have known, that this wasn't going to just fly under the radar. If she didn't...then she did us all a favor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    Yes, the support is disturbing imo, but then again, it's probably like-minded individuals.

    I have to question the sanity of this "teacher".

    It's a career ending thing. She must have known, that this wasn't going to just fly under the radar. If she didn't...then she did us all a favor.
    you would think it would be a career ender. I just don't get how things work in so many schools. Up here it's almost the opposite of the way teachers are looked at. They'll get investigated for the littlest thing. My wife was investigated once because she had to nerve to grab a boy (the boy was attempting to jump out of a 2nd floor window). The mother complained since she had no right to "touch my child". Yeah, next time let him jump - that would have been a better idea. We really need to implement some sort of screening process before we allow people to have kids.

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    Just to add context, this guy's case was all the rage in the 90s, with all kinds of people calling for a new trial. From what I can tell, the guy almost certainly killed the cop, but the trial wasn't up to the standards we'd probably want for a capital murder case. What exactly happened is still sort of a mystery, but there are many, many people who believe the guy is innocent. I'd say that, based upon the climate in Philadelphia at the time, there is a real possibility that the prosecutions version of events are not what really happened, but that's a conversation for a high school or college class.

    In other words, why in the fuck would you involve 8 year olds in this? This serves no purpose whatsoever. She deserves to be fired.

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    Fuck her
    ...and fuck that dude
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