My daughter is in Year 7 and she came home upset last week after her teacher told the class that Santa, the Easter Bunny etc aren’t real. She was heartbroken and I was furious. Apparently, other kids in the class were visibly upset. According to my daughter, the teacher told the students, ‘Sorry if I ruined your childhoods.’ Not sure if it matters or not, but he doesn’t have any children.

So I called the school principal and reported the teacher, who assured me the teacher would be ‘dealt with’.
When my husband came home and I told him, he said I shouldn’t have reported the teacher and it was a ridiculous thing to get upset over.

I completely disagree – we kept this magic going for the past 12 years, and this teacher ruined it! So tell me, am I wrong for reporting the teacher?

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  • I would be so upset for my child. It’s not the teachers place to say things like that.

  • I think kids will find out sooner or later certainly at the agae of your child, you can’t keep this fantasy alive for ever. Personally I would think this is not something to get furious about

  • I think I probably would have done the same if my child came home and was upset about it.

    The teacher should stick to teaching curriculum.

  • I know that my children all knew well before high school, but they kept up the charade because they wanted to get good presents, they told me. By this age your child should be learning about the costs of living rather than a mythical figure that brings them presents.

  • Not at all wrong. That teacher was definitely overstepping.

  • I would have reported it. That’s cruel.

  • I would have called and reported it too! Absolutely unnecessary for him to ruin the magic of Christmas.

  • That is terrible of the teacher to say that, it was not her place. I would not have been happy if I was in this situation

  • Definitely in the wrong, these teachers have so much to deal with on a daily basis and petty complaints like this must be such a headache. You are being way too sensitive and I think the real concern is you’re still lying to a seventh grader about Santa.

  • My teacher did this when I was in grade 4, and I still remember a boy in my grade being heartbroken. It’s not their job to tell anyone this and I would be furious too. I don’t think you are wrong. Nearly 30 years later, I still remember this being told to our Grade 4 class and it still makes me angry.

  • The teacher’s job is to educate only. What he did was wrong and you did the right thing. He may have thought they were old enough but it’s not in his job description to ruin childhood beliefs. Not sure how he’s going to get out of this one.

  • Agree with what you did too I’d be furious

  • Not in the wrong I would have lost it at the teacher this is so wrong of them to do!!!

  • Strange that she doesn’t already know they’re both not real at that age…

  • At year 7 I suspect she’s already heard it from other kids. However, it’s your choice when to have that conversation and the teacher abrogated your right to do that.

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