I'm still not quite sure what I'm going to tell my son when he looks me in the eye and asks me whether Santa is real or not, but one thing's for sure, when I do decide to tell him the truth -- it's going to come out of MY mouth, not anyone else's.
And that's why I was completely outraged and saddened after hearing about an Austin, Texas teacher who told a group of 5-year-olds that Santa was fake, and that their parents are responsible for putting all the presents under the tree each year.
Oh wait -- it gets worse.
One of the little girls naturally went home and asked her Dad about Santa's existence. He, of course, was pretty stunned when the words came out of her mouth, so he told her that, yes, Santa is real, but he wanted to know why she was asking in the first place.
And here's what she had to say:
Because Mrs. Fuller said he wasn't real. She said 'None of you believe in Santa do you?' and said that you and mommy buy all our presents and put them under the tree. She said that you should tell us the truth.
OMG!! Who in the heck does this Mrs. Fuller think she is?!? (Duh, obviously she's the real Grinch.)
I'm sure you can only imagine just how outraged this little girl's parents were, and her mother posted the following message on her Facebook page:
Another adult has no right to submit their own beliefs on a group of 5 year olds and their families -- about Santa, God, politics or whatever -- especially phrased 'your belief is not right.
Um, can I get an "Amen" for this poor mom, please?
And yes, she did email the principal of the school, who was apparently "horrified" and reprimanded the teacher -- but is that really enough punishment for the level of cruelty she exercised on those innocent kids?
No -- I don't think the word "cruelty" is too strong. Because deliberately trying to take away a child's joy and sense of wonder is nothing short of mean, heartless, and seriously inappropriate.
And aside from that, her job as a teacher is to TEACH kids the fundamental skills they need -- not enforce her own personal beliefs on them.
Holy freakin' moly. If this had happened at my son's school, and one of HIS teachers had told him that Santa wasn't real? Yeah, odds are good my husband would've had to take a second job to try and raise enough money to bail me out of jail.
Because I probably would've marched right down to that school and given "Mrs. Fuller" a huge piece of my mind, among other things. I certainly wouldn't have been satisfied with a simple scolding from the principal, and I highly doubt I would've let the situation go until she was fired, driven out of town by a pack of angry mall Santas, or worse.
This woman overstepped her bounds as a teacher, period. And in my opinion, she should lose her job over it. (And hopefully Santa is watching and gives her nothing but coal in her stocking this year.)
Would you freak out if a teacher spoiled Santa for your kid?
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