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NJ Teacher Defends "Future Criminals" Comment



    NJ Teacher Defends "Future Criminals" Comment
    A Paterson, N.J. teacher has been suspended after allegedly referring to her first-grade students as "future criminals" on Facebook.

    A New Jersey first grade teacher who wrote that she was a "warden for future criminals" on Facebook says she was speaking "out of frustration to their behavior."

    Jennifer O'Brien defended herself Wednesday at an administration hearing that will determine whether the tenured Paterson teacher should lose her job.

    O'Brien told an administrative law judge she wrote the post in exasperation because six or seven unruly first-graders kept disrupting her lessons. She said one boy had recently hit her.

    The teacher posted her remark to 333 friends on March 28. However, it was forwarded and led critics to call her comment racist.

    O'Brien's lawyer, Nancy Oxfeld, told The Record newspaper the post was a mistake but not racist.

    A decision on whether she'll keep her job is expected in November.