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Substitute Lands on Naughty List for Telling Students Santa Isn't Real

The Short of It

A substitute teacher in Stoneham, Mass., is on the principal's naughty list after telling elementary school students that Santa Claus isn't real, just days before Christmas break.

The Lowdown

Can you say, 'Bah Humbug'?!

Parents of the 26 students told FOX 25 that many of the children in the class came home in tears, asking their parents about the substitute's theory.

"She said, 'There is no such thing as Santa Claus,'" said one student's mother. "'And it's your parents who buy all the presents for you.'"

What a Scrooge!

After hearing about the incident, the school's principal sent out an email to the parents: "I was appalled to learn a substitute would purposely talk to students about the existence of Santa Claus." He promised parents the substitute would no longer be allowed to teach in the school.

The substitute was reportedly provided by Kelly Services, a staffing agency located in Boston, and now some parents are questioning the vetting process.

"Who are they letting through, and what do they know about these people that they're putting with our children for the day?" asked one mother. "I just want to know why—what could possibly have been going through her mind to come out with a statement like that?"

The Upshot

Was the sub out of line? Totally. But as our kids get older, it becomes harder and harder to keep the Santa dream alive. Eventually, we all know, the day will come when they figure out that the whole thing is a big fat lie—be it on their own, from another kid, from something they happen to catch on social media... or yes, via a big-mouthed substitute teacher.

These are things we can't control. But look on the bright side: at least once the jig is up, we won't have to field endless questions about how Santa can shimmy down the chimney without being engulphed in flames anymore.

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