A New Jersey judge has refused to dismiss a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a teacher against a local school district who claims she was fired because she had her students wrote get-well letters to a man serving a life sentence for killing a Philadelphia police officer.

In a decision issued on Jan. 22 and released by the judiciary on Feb. 17, Essex County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Mitterhoff rejected a motion by the Orange Board of Education to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the fired teacher, Marilyn Zuniga.

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