Teacher who told kids Santa isn't real is no longer working for the school

Jaimie-lee Prince
Dec 06, 2018
10:18 A.M.

On Tuesday, a substitute teacher was banned from working in a school district after she told children Santa isn't real.


News 12 reported that last Thursday, the New Jersey teacher crushed the spirits of over 20 children in a Cedar Hill School first-grade class.

She first asked the children what holiday is upcoming, to which one student rightly said "Christmas!" After that, things went downhill with an inappropriate lesson.

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The substitute, who has worked with the Montville district for about two years, proceeded to tell the kids that Santa isn't real. She divulged that it was their parents who bought them gifts and put them under the Christmas tree.

According to Lisa Simek, that wasn't the end of it. She said the teacher "unleash[ed] on them." The teacher also told them:

"Reindeer can't fly and elves are not real - Elf on the Shelf is just a pretend doll that your parents move around."


The teacher didn't stop there. She also debunked other beloved holiday characters like the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny, and leprechauns. She also told them "magic does not exist. There is no such thing as magic anything."

"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."

One parent, Lisa Simek, took to Facebook to explain the repercussions:


"Many of us parents have been doing damage control since the kids get home from school."

After the incident, Cedar Hill School Principal Michael Raj sent out a letter to parents addressing the situation:

It read:

"I am sending this letter so that you are aware of the situation and if the conversation comes up at home over the next few days you can take appropriate steps to maintain the childhood innocence of the holiday season."


Montville Schools Superintendent Rene Rovtar claimed to understand the "sensitive nature" of the situation as he has a child of his own. However, officials were mum on the topic at first as it was a "personnel matter."

Myra Sansone-Aboyoun spoke to the media, telling them how upset her six-year-old daughter Addriana was left.

She said:

"I was heartbroken. You know, my daughter is the hugest believer in the whole Christmas spirit - Santa, giving."


The substitute teacher, whose identity remains hidden, is no longer working with the school district.

She also received extensive backlash on social media following her inconsiderate actions.

After explaining the effects of the teacher's actions, one person asked a question that many are thinking:

"Telling children something that might be upsetting to them could be damaging if not done with tact and care. Are you being intentionally obtuse?"

Source: Twitter/ AP_Oddities

Source: Twitter/ AP_Oddities

There were, of course, some who excused the woman's actions. However, it was undoubtedly something that was uncalled for and not her place regardless of the truth.


In fact, some people like to continue observing the magic of Christmas well into older age. One woman, 30 shared how her mother "still pretends Santa is real."

Source: YouTube/ 11Alive

For her mom, it's all about keeping your dreams alive and never growing up. Because at the end of the day, we're all just big kids on the inside.

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