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Teacher tells kids Santa is phony

Texas kindergarteners are told that Santa is not real.

By Britt Olson MSN Living Editor Dec 6, 2012 6:18PM

Kindergarteners in Austin, Texas, may be tugging a bit harder on Santa’s beard this year after a teacher challenged their belief in the mythical Claus.

An after-school instructor at a public elementary school, referred to only as Mrs. Fuller in the Houston Press, bluntly asked the tots, “None of you believe in Santa do you?”

Photo: Echo/Getty ImagesAccording to one of Mrs. Fuller’s 5-year-old pupils, the teacher then told them that their parents buy all the presents under the Christmas tree. “She said that you should tell us the truth,” the young girl told her parents.

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Susan Tietz Gammage, the girl's mother, is distressed about the teacher’s indiscretion, stating that it is not her place to challenge family practices or beliefs. School administrators addressed the issue by providing “tools to deal with the situation” to the offending teacher.

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Unwrapping the magic of Christmas can come too early for many parents and children, so it seems.

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Dec 9, 2012 5:32AM
I have read many comments and most say the same thing. "fire her, lynch her, it not her job to reveal the truth of santa, and she's a b****."  Despite my disagreement in teaching children that Santa is real,  I agree that she should not have told the children that Santa wasn't real.

The reason why I do not believe children should think that Santa was real is because he was real.  And he came after the nativity.  Santa came after the reason for the season.  It is more important to teach the children kindness.  Not worry about the loss of imagination.  Not worrying that your children will loss the magic of Christmas.  Kindness is the magic of Christmas.  Kindness is not just for the deserving but for the undeserving.   That what the Nativity scene represents to me.  Christmas means showing kindness.

I think the parent should take sometime and show this teacher the magic of Christmas.

Dec 9, 2012 4:05AM

What a horrible thing to do, right before Christmas! It reminds me of the year the pastor of our church, at MIDNIGHT MASS, no less(!), took it upon himself to tell the kids during his homily, "Well, kids, I'm here to tell you... there ain't (sic) no Santa Claus!" I was floored. I thought, yeah you bitter religious leader, next tell them their folks are the devil's henchmen!


What is it with people who think everyone should be miserable. Why do they think just because they are older, that they can say whatever they want to little kids? That teacher ought to have her mouth washed out with soap! Oh, and fired, too.


By the way, I still believe. And I'm a grandmother of three.

Dec 9, 2012 3:48AM
She should be fired immediately! It is not her place to be telling kids something like that, they will figure it out on their own time. 
Dec 9, 2012 3:14AM
So help me I probably would have slapped her silly! How dare she! The nerve!
Dec 9, 2012 2:18AM
Well......Just send her to the North Pole to teach
Dec 9, 2012 2:15AM

And this is why public education is in trouble!

Regardless of this teachers beliefs, she has no place imposing her beliefs on ANY children.  She should be handled accordingly.

If this were my child's teacher, I would have a hard time keeping my child in her class. She clearly does not have a good sense of judgement.  This inability is likely to carry over in her classroom teachings.


Simply pathetic.


I will maintain the belief in my three children for as long as possible. Making the world a magic place for young children is priceless.


There is plenty of time for the world to teach my children that life is not fair or always kind. I'll be damned if a teacher with poor judgement is going to change the age of magic.


I'll bet she doesn't have any children. If they she does, God help her.

Dec 9, 2012 12:42AM

Her job is to educate our children not to steal the innocence and joy from  5 year old children. Fire her and ruin her Christmas like she ruined a classroom full of beautiful children. Then every year at christmas she will remember Christmas 2012. 

Dec 9, 2012 12:17AM
And we wonder why the world is full of little Hitlers!!  Everyone lies to them when they are young and then expect them to respect them when they find out the truth.  Hurray for the teacher for telling them the truth.  We can't mention Jesus and GOD but then you want to fire them because they tell the truth about Santa Claus.  Shame on all of you.
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