Teacher tells black student he can’t dress as Santa during the holidays because ‘Santa is white’
The parent of the teen, Michael Rougier, recalled the incident, “Christopher, don’t you know Santa Clause is white? Why are you wearing that?”
When he learned of the teacher’s reaction to his child because he showed up to school wearing a Santa hat and beard, he was livid.
Rougier said, “There’s no room for that in the classroom. Whether this teacher felt Christopher may have been wearing this out of context, there’s no room for it. There’s just no room for it.”
According to a spokesperson for Rio Rancho Public Schools, the Cleveland High School teacher knows he made a “dumb” mistake, andhe has since apologized to the Rougier family.
But according to the Rougier family, they didn’t even hear about the incident until another parent called them.
The parent asked, “If he has that attitude, how is it affecting students, studies, grading habits, trending toward Caucasian kids?”
KOB 4 reports, “Ninth grader Christopher now doesn’t want to put the costume back on. He felt ashamed and embarrassed. But his parents want him to know there’s nothing wrong with what he did, and they want to see change in that classroom.”
Rougier said, “If it’s not for parents like me that’s part of interracial families to say, it’s time to stop this… it’s time to stop. I have to fight for my boys.”
According to the school district, the teacher has been disciplined although they won’t say how, but he is still teaching at Cleveland High School but Christopher has been removed from his class.
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The ‘teacher’ should feel embarrassed, not Christopher.