An elementary school teacher in Rockland County stunned her second grade class by telling them that there was no such thing as Santa Claus in a lesson about the North Pole, write Todd Venezia and Jennifer Bain at the New York Post.
Parents fumed as they heard that the teacher at George W. Miller Elementary School in Nanuet explained to the 7 and 8 year old students that that the presents under their trees were put out by their parents — not Santa.
The unnamed teacher made the comments during a geography lesson in which students were studying the North Pole. The remarks were prompted as students told the teacher that they knew where the North Pole was because that's where Santa lives.
A grandmother of a kindergartner said, "I think this is awful.
"If it happened to my granddaughter, I'd tell her the teacher made a mistake, and there is a Santa," she added.
School officials are refusing to discuss the incident or whether the teacher would face any chastisement.
District Superintendent Mark McNeill released a brief statement saying: "This matter is being addressed internally."
"When I read what happened at the school, I had an opinion that I don't feel would be printable," said a Palisades Mall Santa.
"I do feel it is unfortunate that this teacher has lost the spirit of Christmas in her heartâ¦ It is important to keep that spirit alive so that Santa can be real for everyone."