A New Jersey teacher will not return to work at Christmas after declaring to a class of six and seven year olds that Santa Claus is not genuine.
Officials said the substitute teacher, whose identity is unknown, uncovered other holiday figures last week, including the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.
This embarrassed their first-grade students at Cedar Hills School in the northeastern state of New Jersey. Headmaster Michael Raj sent a letter to his parents on Thursday (6 December) calling for action The teacher apologized, it said in local media reports.
He added that he had talked to the teacher about her bad judgment.
I myself am well aware of the sensitive nature of this announcement, "he told local news site NJ.com.
Schools' Montville Superintendent Rene Rovtar confirmed to broadcaster 1
Ms. Rovtar said she was worried and discouraged about what had happened, adding that the "children's miracle, which is associated with all festivals and traditions" she was also specializing in Twitter.
She also took Twitter to share a photo with Santa Claus titled "I Believe."
One parent told New Jersey last week that her six-year-old daughter, Addriana was very excited when she heard Teacher's words.
Ms. Myra Sansone Aboyoun said, "I had a broken heart. You know, my daughter is the greatest believer in the Christmas spirit of Santa Claus and Giving.
It was not clear whether the teacher was voluntarily fired or voluntarily left the district.