Teacher Fired After Students Write Get-Well Card to Mumia Abu-Jamal

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A third-grade teacher at Forest Street Elementary School in Orange, New Jersey has been terminated after allowing her students to write get well cards to imprisoned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal after she informed her class that he was critically ill.

First-year teacher Marilyn Zuniga proudly tweeted about her compassionate students’ letters being delivered — and was met with a storm of controversy.

“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” Zuniga tweeted from her since-deleted account. Fernandez is part of an organization called Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal, and a coordinator for the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home.

Mumia Abu-Jamal in prison circa 1998

“We shared a touching moment with Mumia in an effort to raise his spirits,” Fernandez wrote on Facebook regarding the letters. “Two teachers delivered letters to us that their students had written to Mumia. One batch came from a 3rd grade class taught by Ms. Marylin Zuniga in Orange, New Jersey. The other batch was from a group of high school students in the…

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