An upset mother shared the story on Facebook, saying the teacher at the Cedar Hill school in Montville asked the six-year-old pupils what holiday was lying ahead.
One responded “Christmas” and then the unnamed substitute teacher went full-on Grinch.
She replied that “Santa isn’t real and parents just buy presents and put them under their tree.”
And she didn’t stop there. “Reindeer can’t fly and elves are not real” she claimed, while an elf is merely a “pretend doll that your parents move around.”
The teacher seemed to be on a real warpath against childhood myths.
“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,” the mother of one of the kids wrote on Facebook.
“She told them magic does not exist. There is no such thing as magic anything.”
The mother said she and many others were left having to do “damage control” after the kids had their sense of wonder shattered.
The Cedar Hill School principal Michael Raj was forced to apologize over what it branded the teacher’s “poor judgment.”
The teacher’s name was not released and it is not yet known whether the school will take disciplinary action against her.
As teachers are supposed to preserve children’s innocence rather than crushing their dreams, the sub got bashed on Twitter.
Instead of encouraging kids to send their letters to the North Pole as most of them are generally taught, she was accused of “ruining Christmas.”
Not cool. At all.
Substitute teacher told 1st graders Santa isn’t real, basically ruined Christmas pic.twitter.com/YEyKoNph0s
— Jαყ Eιƚɳҽɾ, Eԃ.D. (@Jay_Eitner) November 30, 2018
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