During a lesson about the North Pole, a second grade teacher told a class full of seven year-olds that there is no Santa Claus.
When the class of children insisted they knew about the North Pole, because that’s where Santa Claus lived, the teacher was quick to point out that he wasn’t real, and in fact it was their parents that bought them Christmas gifts.
“It’s outrageous that a teacher would strip a child of their innocence and try and de-mystify something,” said a nanny that was picking up a child from the George W. Miller Elementary School in Nanuet. She added that the teacher should get a lump of coal in their stocking.
School official are staying quiet about the incident. The school’s superintendent, Mark McNeill, would only say that the “matter is being addressed internally”.
Parents at the school were furious, and many had opinions about the slip. “If that happened to my daughter in her second-grade class … I’d be very upset,” said the father of a third grader at the school. “If her brothers told her [there was no Santa], they would be punished. So I can’t imagine what should happen to the teacher.”
The Rockland County elementary teacher has not been identified and parents were so upset that they refused to be interviewed on camera. The incident has been described as “sick”, “sad”, and that the loose lipped teacher was a scrooge.