If you celebrate Christmas with your family, chances are you once believed in Santa Claus or encouraged that idea in your children. Even though adults are aware that this is a small festive lie, believing in Santa is like being able to cling to a little magic for children.
When it comes to their children, most individuals who have lost that component of the holiday strive to hang onto that sense of wonderment for as long as possible.
A substitute teacher at Cedar Hill School in Montville, New Jersey, however, utterly ruined the magic of Christmas by dropping a massive “bomb” on some naïve first-graders, according to WKRG News 5.
“I am writing this letter so that you are aware of the matter and you may take the required efforts to retain the innocent purity of the holiday season if the conversation arises at home in the coming days,” Raj explained.
“She explained to the children that parents simply buy toys to put beneath the tree and that Santa Claus is not real. She explained that elves are made-up dolls that your parents move around and that reindeer cannot fly.”
“An adult woman tried to break the spirit of our six-year-old, as well as the spirits of the other 22 children in CH’s first grade class,” Simek said. “Many of us parents have been attempting to repair the damage since the children returned home from school today, but coming from an adult, this is clearly the kind of seed that was seeded deep inside their skeptical, perceptive, and curious brains.”
Many parents, on the other hand, agreed that what she did was entirely appropriate and the best thing she could have done for those children.
Although the teacher’s actions were not ideal, the community is striving to “correct” the situation.
Mrs. Casey Daniel, an English teacher at Toms River High – East High School in Toms River, and her journalism class offered to write the kids special, personalized, humorous letters from the North Pole as part of a creative writing Christmas assignment, according to Simek’s original post.
So far, the only response from the school has been a letter warning parents, whether or not they agree with this teacher’s teaching methods.
Rene Rovtar, Superintendent of Montville Schools, issued a statement in which she expressed “worry” and “disappointment” regarding the substitute’s behavior.
“I personally hold close to my heart the childlike wonder associated with all holidays and traditions,” Rovtar said.
The teacher’s identity was concealed, and the school made no indication of whether she would continue to teach in the area.