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Bryce Edwards

Marilyn Zuniga, a third-grade teacher at New Jersey's Forest Street Elementary School, has been suspended with pay after having her students write "get well" letters to convicted killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Officials with Orange Public Schools say the assignment wasn't approved by administrators and Zuniga did not get approval from the students' parents.

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  1. I’m feeling increasingly copacetic towards cop killers.

    1. Nah, murder is murder. Of course sending a “spiritually get well” letters to the cops who gang beat the horse thief would’ve been a better use of her time.

      1. That is a beautiful sentiment.

        Dear person who kicks people who are incapacitated in the face,

        Your soul is broken. Please get well soon.


        The people who have to live on the same planet as you.

        1. I am Almanian, and I approve this message

      2. Nope – not all murder is murder. War is war, and you don’t need a state to declare war.

        While I’m not ready to advocate open-season, its mainly because I don’t trust my fellow man to pick appropriate targets.

        1. Not that I support Abu-Jamal or think he’s a ‘political prisoner’ or any such nonsense.

    2. I have to second straffinrun. Having an unsympathetic victim does not absolve you of your crime, or even mitigate it.

      1. Unless you’re a cop.

        1. Well, if procedures were followed. Oh, and furtive movements were made. Good shoot/beat/taze/choke.



          But seriously, sympathy for that guy is misplaced. True victims of the cops should get it instead.

        2. Not even then. Of course, I’m preaching morality versus societal reaction.

    3. Unless it can be proven otherwise, I assume that when someone kills a cop that it was an act of self defense.

      1. Sums up my attitude, followed by wondering how badly the cops will mangle the evidence and what we will never know.

        Cops brought this attitude upon themselves, and continue to do so.

        1. I now go out of my way to avoid any interaction with the police. I refuse to increase my risk of being thrown in a rape cage or killed just by being in their sightline.

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  2. Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man

    1. “THIS IS SPARTA!!!!”

      1. There ought to be a ” 300 Florida Men” story out there just waiting for SF to pen. Something about all those blue hair Midwesterners and Canadians on a narrow stretch of Alligator Alley every year. And Florida Man, descending from his trailer parks and Everglades shanties…abandoning his snake farms and meth labs…to defend his homelands. Ready to lay down his life, if necessary, to preserve his redneck culture.

        1. I would read/fap to that.

        2. Will he fight in the shade?

          Now am I suddenly thinking of the name “Amos Moses” (which has no place in your narrative, sloop).

          1. Will he fight in the shade? He’ll fight shirtless, his tanned beer belly hanging over his camo cutoff shorts and stick-like pasty white legs where his tattooed calves sit atop his sunburned flip-flopped feet. He’ll fight in the sun. In the shade. And even during that 45 minute rainstorm that happens every day sometime between 3 and 5 pm.

            1. God sends us that short daily rainstorm to recharge our humidity. I’m not sure why he hates us. Prolly something I did.

              1. Armed with but a trash can lid and a machete. His mullet the only head protection he needs from weapon or elements. He braves the beasts of The Alley…the gator, the armadillo, the casino employee rushing to work…to defend his southern flank.

                1. You don’t even need me for this. Run with it, you beautiful bastard.

                  1. I agree, SugfarFree.

                    Please go on, sloop, tell us more of One Floridian’s Fight (or is it The War of Floridian Defense against Aggression?).

                    1. A ceaseless horde of Buicks and Cadillacs descending upon them at 40 miles per hour. Their drivers barely visible over the steering wheel…careening from lane to lane in seeming unconcern for the safety of their would-be conquered. Their desire to take over Palm Beach and Boca Raton made clear by those already conquered Carolinians in Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and St Simons Island. But Florida Man stands resolute, locked arm in arm, fueled by rage and liquor, defending his right to a full buffet from the locusts that would rape it’s bounty during the early-bird hours.

                    2. I’ll now be returning to this thread periodically.

                    3. But,I’m afraid anything else I write will come across as a ripoff of the “Grey Dawn” episode of South Park.

                    4. “But,I’m afraid anything else I write will come across as a ripoff of the “Grey Dawn” episode of South Park.”

                      Better to end where you did, then, with the readers wanting more.

                2. And the best part – he’ll have a towel pinned on as a cape.

                  1. A Bud Light beach towel, of course.

              2. Florida is shaped like that for a reason.

    2. give me a child until he is seven and I’ll give you back a bag of parts

      1. Give me the child until he’s seven and I’ll give you back a well trained monocle polisher. He will also know how to mine and work 12 hours a day in a sweatshop.

        1. Only 12? Have you gone soft?

          1. The other 8 are spent mining and monocle polishing.

          2. I generously let them sleep for 4 hours and they spend the other 8 with other duties. Those monocles don’t polish themselves. And how will my silver tea service stay shiny? Not to mention hand cutting my lawn and tending my gardens.

    3. Interestingly, we also say. “It takes seven years to make a piper”, For Piobaireachd, of course.

      /tiny ethnic minority thing

  3. “Orange resident Gale Jackson told CBS2’s Christine Sloan she didn’t agree with the teacher’s assignment.

    ‘I don’t think it’s appropriate for a teacher to coerce her student to do that,’ Jackson said.”

    I agree with Ms. Jackson here, regardless of who is incarcerated.

    1. She’ll be back teaching soon enough.

      If I were a parent I’d be concerned having such a person with a dysfunctional moral compass in the same class as my kid.

      1. Good morning Rufus,

        I’d call a meeting with the teacher and explain politely yet in no uncertain terms how inappropriate I thought her actions were, and why.

        1. and then kick her in the head?

          1. Would you agree that, when used correctly, words can have more lasting power than violence?

            1. Words are so rarely used correctly.

              1. I daily represent this remark, if u no wut I meen.

            2. you must have .45 ACP words

        2. Rufus is a straight up police state Republican who lives in Canada for some reason.

          1. Yes, chime in with an unsubstantiated, non-sequitur laced with an ad hominen.

            How you came away with that from my comment makes me wonder if you’re just a putz.

            1. Wonder no longer.


          3. Wrong Canadian, you must be thinking of Cytotoxic.

      2. Ask the teacher when she’s going to have the kids write get well cards to Paul Bernardo.

    2. Ah, the cognitive disonance in that statement of Ms. Jackson. She doesn’t think it’s appropriate for a teacher to coerce her student to do that, but the other forms of coersion? That’s ok.

      1. I didn’t get that sense from her. Did you see something there that I missed?

        1. Isn’t the point of compulsory education to “coerce” students?

        2. Isn’t the point of compulsory education to “coerce” students?

          1. But I repeat myself.

              1. By a squirrel with an official sounding title.

          2. “Isn’t the point of compulsory education to “coerce” students?”

            Now I understand your point.

      1. It’s repulsive how they use innocent kids in such political nonsense.

  4. suspended with pay

    Incompetent public employee gets paid vaca for being incompetent

    1. You’re surprised because?

      1. Not surprised, just acknowledging it.

  5. (CNN) — Arizona investigators have released dramatic video of a Walmart parking lot brawl that left a police officer wounded, one man dead, and reportedly involved members of a Christian family band.

    Enoch Gaver, 21, was killed in the fight in the town of Cottonwood, and suspect David Gaver, 28, was shot in the stomach and taken into custody. Police Sergeant Jeremy Daniels was hit in the leg by a bullet fired during the melee.

    The police dashcam video, released Friday, shows Cottonwood Police approaching the group of eight people — all identified as members of the Gaver family — around a large SUV in a Walmart parking lot on March 21.…..Sz_CJO8rWM

    1. What’s,your point, That every Christian Partridge Family out there are nuts? Well it’s not true but they all have a Danny Bonaduche to deal with.

      1. C’mon? You can’t see the delicious irony in this? Cops pick on a group of badass shoplifting Christians and a deadly brawl breaks out? It should have happened in Florida though.

        1. How,is,that ironic again?

          Also, if you’re a child and a person comes and says that you are going to be forcibly separated from your parents and questioned, would you not react defensively?

          But again, what “irony” do you speak of?

          1. PB needs a knife, but he’s only got 10,000 spoons.

          2. That Christians (who love and support the police state) get their asses handed to them by it for once.

            1. What you’ve just said… is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever seen. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having seen it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul…


            3. Uh, Christians don’t have any particular love for the police state.

              As a matter of fact, the further you get into the wack-job fundamentalist zone the less they like the state at all.

              1. “Uh, Christians don’t have any particular love for the police state.”

                Here is one who doesn’t:

                “Are Americans ready to accept a police state? Are pastors and Christians ready to accept a police state? Are Republicans and conservatives ready to accept a police state? Are Democrats and liberals ready to accept a police state?”


        3. It should have happened in Florida though.

          Hey! We try, but Florida Man sets a high (or, rather, low) bar.

      2. What’s,your point,

        He hates Christians, that is his only point.

        1. I hate all religion/superstition.

          1. Said the Keynesian nitwit.

          2. I hate all religion/superstition.



          4. Yet you worship on your knees at the feet of your Messiah Obama.

    2. Arizona investigators have released dramatic video of a Walmart parking lot brawl that left a police officer wounded, one man dead,

      The police officer is more important than the dead guy that he gets mentioned first?

      1. Did you know the headline probably should have read: police fight homeless family. One dead, one injured.

        But you wouldn’t have chuckled over the “irony” there, would you?

        1. That was for PB, not,you Ted.


  6. Marilyn Zuniga, a third-grade teacher

    “Good Mor…ning, Miss Zoo Niggah!”

    1. Dude, really?

  7. “Fuck that Zu-niga.”

    -Andrew Harrison

    1. Dude, really?

      1. Sorry. I,was caught up in the 300 Florida Man saga and posted it after your more clever comment.

        ::bows in shame::

        1. Oh, that’s not what I meant, sloopy.

          It was intended as a dig at straffinrun.

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  8. While I was having issues with my cable box last night, it ended up stuck on COPS for a few minutes. First scene was a Las Vegas cop dealing with a drunken idiot. Without provocation (other than not showing sufficient respect) the cop rushes the guy, grabs him by his throat, then throws him down on the back of his head. Then the cop grinds the guy’s face on the pavement while putting his entire weight on the back of the guy’s head, all the while beaming because you can see how much sadistic joy he gets from assaulting people who are so drunk they can barely stand up.

    It wouldn’t have bothered me a bit if someone had shot that cop in the head right then and there.

    1. I’ve never understood why any of the non-cops sign the release forms to have their footage air on the show.

      1. Probably because they’re surrounded by a dozen glaring men with guns.

  9. Because – fuck you, that’s why.

    Morning. Shrieking, already? It seems like 8% more troll content than normal.

    1. Free Republic is where your type is more comfortable.

      1. Were you born a fat, slimy, scumbag puke piece o’ shit, or did you have to work on it?

        1. Born? He reproduces by fission – like all other bacteria.

          1. That is a terrible insult to bacteria.


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