Teacher Who Told Kids Santa Isn't Real Should Be Fired, Like Right Now!

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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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JannaM8 JannaM8

"Another adult has no right to submit their own beliefs".... Are you kidding me? It's not a BELIEF it's a FACE that Santa doesn't exist. Stop lying to your kids and you won't have to worry about the entire rest of the world keeping your secret.

nonmember avatar kari

I for one aplaud the woman for telling these kids the truth. I personally don't participate in the tradition of lying to your kids about Santa, The Tooth Fairy, or the Easter Bunny. Their presents come from mom and dad, and that's what my kids are told. I, instead teach them where these fairty tale creatures are derived from, and that while some people believe in them, we don't.

nonmember avatar kari

I for one aplaud the woman for telling these kids the truth. I personally don't participate in the tradition of lying to your kids about Santa, The Tooth Fairy, or the Easter Bunny. Their presents come from mom and dad, and that's what my kids are told. I, instead teach them where these fairty tale creatures are derived from, and that while some people believe in them, we don't.

the4m... the4mutts

While I wouldn't say she should be fired, I would take my kid from her class so fast her head would spin!

My kids don't believe in santa, but doing that to children? Wtf was she thinking?! If she could be that rotten, I shudder to think what else she would tell kids. I would lose all trust in her.

If I don't let my kids ruin santa for the kids that believe, I certainly don't think a grown ass adult should be hurting them like that.

Reepi... Reepicheep.CSL

Here's a quick heads up: Santa is FAKE! Should she have told? Probably not, but she sure as heck shouldn't lose her job over it. Over reaction much!

savery savery

@ Commensense.......I think part of the problem in this country is that children are NOT listening to their parents. It is in NO WAY shape or form the teachers job to discredit my beliefs in the eyes of my children. We live in the USA where we are free to choose our own beliefs at the time of adulthood. You may not believe in creationism and you are very much entitled to train up your children with the same school of thought but you are not permitted to intentionally impress your beliefs on my family or children and then make me look like a liar in their eyes. I think you need to grow up...just sayin. I do not believe that the teacher should be fired over this and as a parent I have always been truthful with my children...when they are ready to accept certian truths. Part of my job as a parent is to protect them (mentally, physically, emotionally) and this includes protecting them from receiving information that they may not be ready for just yet. Belief in imaginary beings at a young age is beneficial for children in multiple ways (including helping develop imagination). With this being said if a teacher decided to drop his/her belief system off on the mind of my impressionable child I will swiftly drop off a piece of my mind in their face.

AdryF AdryF

I kinda agree with the author. It is not her place to do that to kids. And I would pull my kids out of her class so fast heads would spin. I am the parent it is my choice. Oh, and just a sidenote about what another commenter said about God. If a teacher were to teach my kids that He isn't real I would make alot more fuss than just pulling my kids out of the class. U should look up reasonstobelieve.com might help answer some questions. :)

nonmember avatar NavyWife

Common Sense - Did your parents not hug you as a child? You seem to be a very bitter individual who was clearly disillusioned as a child. Just because you live life in a gray world, it doesn't mean others can't live theirs in color. Cheer up! Life isn't that bad.

IKnow... IKnow0101

In reality regardless how you people feel the best course of action was for the teacher to tell her students to ask their parents.  A teacher should give out facts related to subject matters.  The same way if a child ask an instructor about God and other religious matters they should keep their answers simple and again refer them to their parents.  Now if the parents are that cold hearted and want to tell their bright eyed 3 year old there is no Santa, go right ahead.  When kids on the playground was talking about Santa the other day would it be my business to say there's no Santa and your parents are lying to you?  No it wouldn't.

IKnow... IKnow0101

Another thing to continue a little rant, it seems nowadays that if an adult has a issue in believing in God, Allah, or any religious affiliation that we are lying to our children.  If you don't believe in anything that is your choice and I won't stop you, however don't spread your hatred on my children.  They have the right to believe in anything regardless of how you feel.  People should know their place and stay in it.

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