A New Jersey teacher reportedly had her third-grade students write "get-well" cards to convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
"Just dropped off these letters to comrade Johanna Fernandez," Marylin Zuniga, of Forest Street School in Orange, tweeted Sunday. "My 3rd graders wrote to Mumia to lift up his spirits as he is ill. #freemumia."
Fernandez, a professor of History at Baruch College in New York and staunch Abu-Jamal proponent, wrote on her Facebook page that she took a trip to State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy and delivered the letters from Zuniga, along with a second batch from the Philadelphia Student Union.
"It had been a long time since we had seen Mumia smile," she wrote. "He chuckled as he read excerpts from these touching letters."
Neither Zuniga nor Fernandez could immediately be reached for comment.
Supporters have expressed concerns over Abu-Jamal's wellbeing in recent months, particularly after he was hospitalized in late March for complications stemming from diabetes.
The inmate, now 60, was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. He was initially sentenced to death, but his sentence was reduced to life in prison without the possibility of parole following a lengthy appeals process.