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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.

Photo: Echo/Getty Images

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Dec 8, 2012 8:55PM
Teachers don't teach anymore.  They only take the damn jod because they cannot do anything else (Those that can, do.  Those that cannot, teach.), plus they get the whole summer off.  Is it any wonder why our country's educational system is going in the toilet? 
Dec 8, 2012 8:54PM

If that same teacher had told the kids to pray, she would have immediately been fird, so why "supply tools" to her. A swift workboot applied to her derriere out the door is the only "Tool" needed.


Dec 8, 2012 8:54PM

Fire her. That is mean and sadistic! What a witch, she shoud never wowrk with young children again.


Dec 8, 2012 8:54PM
What do you mean ! Santa is real. So quit saying that he is not.
Dec 8, 2012 8:54PM
Even as a young child I knew that Santa Claus was not real. I knew that my parents bought our christmas presents and that Santa Claus was just a nice story. It didn't affect any fond childhood memories I had of christmas. As an adult I don't celebrate christmas anymore, because of it's origins. If I was the teacher and if my student asked if Santa Claus was real I would not lie to the child. Just to keep from offending some overly sensitive parents, the teacher could have said something like this "Some people believe in Santa Claus and some people don't believe in Santa Claus." And leave it at that.
Dec 8, 2012 8:51PM
What should be said to the teacher is, "  You are right, there is no Santa Claus  but is is not your job to tell young children this. Although there is no Santa there is a Grinch............ You are FIRED!!"
Dec 8, 2012 8:48PM
for usa/no party.really fire her for teaching the kids about truth .did any of you really tell your kids the real reason for xmas.or did you teach your kids how to lie ....thks 2012
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