NJ Teacher Blames Third Graders For Wanting To Write Get Well Letters To Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal
Sadly she has the support of the parents. Update to this previous story.
Via NJ Com
The chants from the crowd filled the auditorium at Orange Preparatory Academy during Tuesday night’s Orange school board meeting.
“Let her speak! Let her speak! Let her speak!”
Standing amid dozens of her cheering supporters was Marylin Zuniga, the third-grade teacher who has been suspended for having her students write “get well” letters to former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.
The board president wanted to adjourn the meeting and go into closed session, but the crowd roared in protest and demanded that Zuniga be allowed to speak.
The auditorium ultimately fell silent as Zuniga, clutching a written statement in her hands, leaned into a microphone and made her first public remarks about a controversy that has gained international attention. […]
In February, Zuniga said she presented her students with an assignment in which they were asked to consider the main idea of the following quote from Abu-Jamal: “So long as one just person is silenced, there is no justice.”
About two months later, Zuniga said she told the students about Abu-Jamal’s failing health and they asked about writing the “get well” letters.
“In April, I mentioned to my students that Mumia was very ill and they told me they would like to write ‘get well’ letters to Mumia,” Zuniga said.[…]
But at Tuesday’s meeting, Zuniga apologized for highlighting the letters on social media.
“I was very proud of my students’ work and I shared this on social media,” Zuniga said. “I do apologize to parents, students and community members for having done that.” More