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Elementary school teacher tells kids there's no Santa Claus

Posted by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM
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Even the Grinch wouldn't be this mean.

A sourpuss teacher in Rockland County ruined Christmas for a class full of second-graders this week, when she told them that there is no Santa Claus during a lesson about the North Pole.

The evil educator even told the youngsters - mostly 7- and 8-year-olds - that the presents under their trees were put out by their parents, and not St. Nick.

The stunning Scrooge-like behavior has caused a blizzard of outrage at the quiet George W. Miller Elementary School in Nanuet, where angry parents would like to see the teacher roasted like a chestnut over an open fire.

HE'S REAL!  St. Nick is hard at work yesterday.
HE'S REAL! St. Nick is hard at work yesterday.

"If that happened to my daughter in her second-grade class . . . I'd be very upset," said, Sean Flanagan, 48, whose child was in second grade at the school last year.

"If her brothers told her [there was no Santa], they would be punished. So I can't imagine what should happen to the teacher."

A nanny picking up a child at the school yesterday told The Post that anyone who tells kids that Santa doesn't exist should get coal in their stocking.

"It's outrageous that a teacher would strip a child of their innocence and try and demystify something," said Margaret Fernandez, 59.

A grandmother of a kindergartner said, "I think this is awful.

"If it happened to my granddaughter, I'd tell her her teacher made a mistake, and there is a Santa," she added.

The unidentified teacher reportedly made her anti-Santa comments Tuesday during a geography lesson, when students told her that they knew where the North Pole was because that's where Santa lives.

Yesterday, school officials wouldn't discuss the Christmas incident or say if the teacher would face any discipline.

District Superintendent Mark McNeill released a brief statement, saying only, "This matter is being addressed internally."

One Christmas official was commenting on the record yesterday - Santa himself!

"When I read what happened at the school, I had an opinion that I don't feel would be printable," said a still-jolly St. Nick, who was posing for pictures with kids at the Palisades Mall. "I do feel it is unfortunate that this teacher has lost the spirit of Christmas in her heart.

"It is important to keep that spirit alive so that Santa can be real for everyone."

The teacher's attempt to sleigh Santa even got a reaction from the granddaughter of Virginia O'Hanlon, whose famous 1897 letter to the New York Sun asking if Santa was real drew the legendary response, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

"My grandmother was a teacher for years, and I don't think she ever had a problem answering that [Santa question]," Mary Blair, 69, told The Post.

"The most real things in the world are things that you don't see or touch," she added, "and they are the things that mean the most - love, kindness and generosity."

www. nypost. com

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atlmom2
by Susie on Dec. 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM
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I would be so pissed. Its not her place at all.

mitty18
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 10:41 AM
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That's awful, those poor kids. I can understand a child messing up and telling anothet child there was no Santa, but a TEACHER!?!
I would be outraged if this were my child's class. I would explain to my child the teacher was just angry with Santa because she was naughty and only got a lump of coal for Christmas and hope that would be enough for to reinforce there is a Santa to them.
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luv.my.kids.365
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 10:42 AM
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This goes back to regardless of your beliefs, they ought not to be pushed on others. In a class full of second graders she had to have known damn good and well that there were some believers. She was out of line, no matter which side of the fence you sit on. She did not have to lie and play along, but she could have dodged the questions or something. 

atlmom2
by Susie on Dec. 3, 2011 at 10:44 AM

We have friends that are Jewish and they told their kids very early on to never ever tell kids who Santa is and spoil it for others.  I know, we have discussed them on here every year and there are actually mothers on here that do not care if their kids spoil things for others.  I think its terrible. 

atlmom2
by Susie on Dec. 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM
My girls believed until 3rd and 4th grade.
MIA0223
by Michelle on Dec. 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Wow. Maybe she should have rethought what grade to teach!
I would maybe tell the kids no Santa talk in class, but not do something to hurt their feelings.

steveiguana
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 12:27 PM


Quoting luv.my.kids.365:

This goes back to regardless of your beliefs, they ought not to be pushed on others. In a class full of second graders she had to have known damn good and well that there were some believers. She was out of line, no matter which side of the fence you sit on. She did not have to lie and play along, but she could have dodged the questions or something. 

agree

LiesLiesLies
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Me too.


Quoting steveiguana:



Quoting luv.my.kids.365:

This goes back to regardless of your beliefs, they ought not to be pushed on others. In a class full of second graders she had to have known damn good and well that there were some believers. She was out of line, no matter which side of the fence you sit on. She did not have to lie and play along, but she could have dodged the questions or something. 

agree


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scaredmom05
by on Dec. 5, 2011 at 12:59 AM
i would be pissed! my kids are 6 & 3 and they believe! thats the parents job on when and how to tell something like that.
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Christiansmom44
by on Dec. 5, 2011 at 1:23 AM
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I would have punched her. Seriously.
My boys are 6 and 3, and they believe. I wish I'd never have to take away the magic of Christmas for them.
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