Teacher under fire after third-grade students write letters to Mumia Abu-Jamal
A New Jersey elementary school teacher is in hot water after she announced on social media that she had her students write letters to controversial cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Marylin Zuniga, a third-grade teacher at Forest Street School, made the controversial announcement via Twitter that she had just had letters from her young students delivered to Abu-Jamal, reports NJ.com.
“Just dropped off these letters to comrade Johanna Fernandez. My 3rd graders wrote to Mumia to lift up his spirits as he is ill. #freemumia,” the tweet read.
Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence after the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer, has been suffering from complications related to diabetes. His conviction was upheld in 2008, but he was removed from death row and his sentence altered to life without parole.
Zuniga’s tweet and Twitter account have since been deleted.
On Thursday, Fox News hosted former Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police President Richard Costello, who was disgusted with what he said was indoctrination of young minds.
“They’re being used as tools in somebody’s twisted agenda,” Costello said.
The segment also went on to reference Hiram Rivera, a city student union leader who had recently delivered letters to Abu-Jamal written by fellow students.
Although the station said they had reached out to Orange school officials for comment concerning Zuniga’s tweet, they had not yet received a response.