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

by Mary Fischer on December 5, 2012 at 3:35 PM

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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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Filed Under: elementary school, christmas

Comments

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  • xiolxuo
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    xiolxuo

    December 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM
    You think she should be fired over this? Big f*cking deal. Get your priorities straightened out. Yeah, it was wrong of her to say it but you definitely need to grow up.
  • twili...
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    twilightsbella

    December 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM
    Agree ^^
  • fleur...
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    fleurdelys3110

    December 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Um, she should not be fired over this. It was wrong of the teacher to rudely burst little kids' bubbles, but it is hardly a firable offense. Teachers who molest kids get fired, not ones who tells kids Santa isn't real. Come on now.


  • Commo...
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    Common.Sense

    December 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM
    Uh.... It's a teacher's job to tell students the TRUTH, not to reinforce whatever B.S. you want your kids to believe. This is why creationism has no place whatsoever in classrooms: it's a giant crock of malarky, and it doesn't stand up to scientific scrutiny. Santa isn't real. Santa is a child's first lesson in "don't believe everything your parents tell you because they will totally lie to you for their own amusement". GOOD FOR THIS TEACHER for telling the TRUTH. If only more teachers did the same (and debunked god while they were at it)!
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    Samantha

    December 5, 2012 at 4:03 PM
    Im torn on this one. Santa isnt a religion, but he is nationally celebrated by kids. We love to see their joy & dont like to be caught in the lie. It was mean spirited of her to do that, which makes me think shes a snarky bitch who probably shouldnt be a teacher, but... Compared to the teachers of old, shes not so bad. Idk. It was shitty, but i dont know as if she should be fired over it. She WAS teaching them. It IS the truth.. Its just a bubble bursting, candy land destroying truth.. But the truth.
  • fave82
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    fave82

    December 5, 2012 at 4:07 PM
    I kind of agree w the author. Mainly because this teacher sounds like she's a major asshole.
  • mem82
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    mem82

    December 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    This teacher shows a lack of judgement and good sense. Plus, who gets shits and giggles out of telling kids that Santa isn't real. She should be fired or at least suspended. If she is willing to say that to a bunch of five year olds, what else will she say?


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    Stephanie

    December 5, 2012 at 4:19 PM
    I agree that the teacher was out of line, but a lot what you said was being a tad over dramatic.
  • Tara
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    Tara

    December 5, 2012 at 4:33 PM
    I am shocked that people do not think this teacher should be fired or at the very least suspended for the remainder of the year. It's NOT the fact that she took it upon herself to "out" Santa. It's the principle that she believes she has the right to tell our children anything beyond the school curriculum. I wonder if all of you saying lighten up would have felt the same had this teacher sat there and said " you all believe in God don't you?". It's the same thing- faith and Santa and the tooth fairy and anything else that ONE KNOWS is up to the families to enforce should be left to mom and dad and NO ONE ELSE....pathetic!
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    misterylynne

    December 5, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    I wouldn't say she should be fired but it was a pretty shitty thing for her to do.  Childhood is too short and kids are exposed to reality a lot sooner than they should be.  Why take away the wonder and magic of santa or the easter bunny or the toothfairy or whatever thing it is they believe in.


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