Substitute Teacher Tells First Grade Class Santa 'Isn't Real'

Emily McWilliams 18 Nov 2019

For many of us, the legend of Santa Claus is a holiday tradition we remember fondly and want to pass on to our children. However, a number of parents are speaking out after one teacher pulled a grinchy move and told an entire class that Santa wasn't real.

Many families who celebrate Christmas include the legend of Santa Claus in their traditions.

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The modern-day Santa has his origins in religious figures like Saint Nicholas where worshippers would celebrate annual feasts in his honor with small gifts.

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All over the world, countries have their own variation of Santa Claus.

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Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, and Père Nöel are just some of the names Santa goes by in other parts of the world.

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In North America today, children grow up knowing that Santa delivers presents on Christmas Eve with the help of his reindeer and elves.

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Belief in this tradition has been an on-going debate between parents for some time. Some think it is misleading to children and "tricks" them into behaving for toys.

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While experts have said most children outgrow the legend of Santa by age eight, most adults know not to spoil the fun for younger kids.

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It's somewhat of an unspoken agreement among adults to let kids believe in Santa until they're ready to stop.

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Parents have expressed anger and sadness after one substitute teacher broke this rule.

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A substitute teacher at Cedar Hill School in New Jersey reportedly told a class of first-graders that Santa "isn't real".

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Parents took to social media to express their dismay over the incident.

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According to social media posts, the teacher told the children that parents were the ones who put presents under the tree, not Santa.

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The school's principal sent a letter home to parents confirming that the incident happened.

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As a parent himself, principal Michael Raj said he understood the "sensitive nature" of the issue.

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For parents of children in the classroom, the incident was upsetting.

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The teacher also reportedly told students that traditions like the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy aren't real either.

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