ORANGE, NJ - A teacher in New Jersey is setting a new standard for bad decisions. The Orange, New Jersey school district suspended third-grade teacher Marilyn Zuniga after she had her class write get-well cards to a convicted murderer.
The letters were delivered to Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former member of the black panthers, who is serving a life sentence for murdering a Philadelphia policeman in 1981. Abu-Jamal has gained international support after claiming that he is the victim of a racist justice system, but a federal appeals court upheld his conviction in 2008.
The teacher even tweeted about the assignment... boasting that her "comrade Johanna Fernandez," a history professor and supporter of Abu-Jamal, would be delivering the letters to the convicted killer. Her account has since been taken down.
The district superintendent said that administrators "vehemently deny" any knowledge of the assignment and that a full investigation is coming.
Something tells us Zuniga's boss will soon be asking her to write a letter too, her resignation.