Teacher suspended for ordering student to write letters to convicted cop killerBy Mason White 3:07 PM April 16, 2015
By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A teacher apologized to parents after she told her students to write letters to a convicted cop killer.
Marilyn Zuniga of New Jersey, had her third grade class write get well cards for the convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Zuniga told her students at the Forest Street Elementary School to write letters to Abu-Jamal in prison after being discharged from the hospital following complications with diabetes.
Abu-Jamal is serving a life sentence for killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.
Abu-Jamal spent 30 years on death row before his sentence was converted to life imprisonment in 2008 after years of appeals.
Zuniga gave the letters from her students to Baruch College Professor Johanna Fernandez who handed it over to Abu-Jamal.
Orange School Superintendent Ronald Lee said that school administrators were surprised to learn of the assignment because the teacher did not seek the approval of the school or parents.
Zuniga has been placed on paid leave pending the results of an investigation.