Substitute Teacher Tells 1st-Graders Santa Claus Is Fake. Everyone Freaks Out.

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Sending their very young kids to school is hard enough for parents. Its hard not to worry about their safety, their health, and whether they have the right snack in their backpack. They also apparently have to worry about a rogue substitute teacher destroying the magic of Christmas. It sounds crazy, but it just happened in a first grade classroom at aschool in Brooklyn, New York.

Now, I know we live in an age where were supposed to be really honest with our kids. Here atFatherly, we have even published an article in which a writer advocates that you dont lie to your kids about Santa. Like, at all. I get that. Thats fine. But, at the same time: WHAT THE FUCK! I think its okay if some smart-mouthed kids try to tell my kid that Santa isnt real (thats going to happen anyway) but it shouldnt be coming from teachers.

When youre a child, stuff like magic and Santa is akin to a religious choice on the part of the parents. You dont see teachers going around telling kids Jesus didnt really come back to life, or that the miraculous Hanukkah oil couldnt have lasted eight days. All of this stuff is pretty nuts, so lets just give kids a break and letparents decide if they are going to do the whole Santa thing the same way we let them decide which religion to raise their kids in.

My daughter isnt grade-school aged, yet, but now, you can bet, that Im going to look a teacher straight in the face, and ask them, point-blank, if they are planning on ruining Santa and the Easter bunny for my daughter. I found out Santa wasnt real like right before I got married, so lets give these kids a break already.

Also, Im willing to admit that maybe that substitute teacher was just having a bad day, but Im still going to tell Santa that theyve earned a spot on the naughty list and shouldnt get anything but coal in their stocking for Christmas. I know how this works!

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