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This Queens teacher thought making Christmas cards for those less fortunate than her students was a good idea, but little did the students know that these were the bad poor people, in prison, and not the good poor people in shelters.
Melissa Dean made her students at Public School 143 in Corona draw Christmas cards for her beau because she “thought it was a nice thing to do,” investigators said.
But a guard at Groveland Correctional Facility in Livingston disagreed, intercepting the package of 27 letters for John Coccarelli and alerting Dean’s principal.
“It was bad judgment,” said the city’s Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon. “She certainly did not have permission.”
Dean, 31, told her students that they were sending the crayon-drawn notes to people without families who were lonely during the holidays.