November 24, 2019


A teacher has been slammed by outraged parents for telling children as young as six that Santa “wasn’t real”.

The female substitute teacher allegedly trashed the hopes and dreams of her innocent charges by dismissing the idea of Santa Claus and rubbishing other holiday traditions, shares The Sun.

Angry parents took to Facebook, with one outraged mother saying the teacher didn’t stop at trashing just Santa.

Mum Lisa Simek raged: “She told them reindeer can’t fly and elves are not real- elf on the shelf is just a pretend doll that your parents move around.

“She did not even stop there.

“The tooth fairy is not real because mom or dad just sneak into your room in the middle of the night and put money under your pillow, same goes for the Easter bunny.

“She told them magic does not exist – there is no such thing as magic anything.”

Ms Simek went on to say that her daughter and the other 22 children in her class all saw their festive spirits crushed by the teacher’s thoughtless actions.

And the outpouring of parental anger saw New Jersey school Principal Michael Raj step in, according to WKRG.

He wrote a letter to the upset families explaining he had “immediately” spoken to the substitute teacher about her “poor judgement”.

He added: “‘I am sending this letter so that you are aware of the situation and if the conversation comes up at home over the next few days you can take appropriate steps to maintain the childhood innocence of the holiday season.”

It remains unclear if the teacher will be offered any more work at the school in the future.

Perhaps people need to learn to keep their opinions to themselves and not spoil the fun for everyone!

Does your kids still think Santa is real? Share your comments below.

  • This article is 2 years old.


  • It’s one thing for other children to say it to kids but a teacher. She is clearly in the wrong field


  • as a teacher I would never dream of destroying a childs dream


  • WOW REALLY???.. this is awful…..how dare she ruin kids lives like that


  • Wow! I’m actually speechless! I would be so distraught if someone took that innocence away from my child. So horrible!


  • That is NOT ok!! My 10 year old doesn’t believe after being told by kids at school. My 4 year old still does though


  • This really makes me angry. it is NOT her place to tell a whole classroom of children that Santa, the tooth fairy etc aren’t real. It is the parents decision to tell their child when they see fit, not a teachers.


  • This is a tricky topic


  • If I was a teacher I wouldnt spoil the fun.
    I would change the subject or ask what they believe.


  • You can’t ruin little kids joy like that.


  • Shouldn’t be a teacher at all with an attitude like that!


  • Love the phrase poor judgement please
    Both of mine still believe and love elf on the shelf


  • Wow what a cranky cow that clearly chose the wrong profession.
    My eldest believes (youngest doesn’t Understand)
    We have spoken to family and told them, under no circumstances are they to ever tell our kids that any of the childhood magical characters aren’t real. That is for the kids to grow up and ask when they figure it out


  • Um, I think this relief teacher should be relieved of her duties. Not her job or role to do that and clearly not someone who could work well with kids — unless shattering dreams is the new thing.


  • As teachers they should no not to push their views into kids


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