to 1st-graders: Santa is fake
Associated Press - 12/4/03
far as some Florida parents are concerned, first-grade teacher Geneta
Codner is a true grinch after she told her class that Santa Claus
was "make-believe." SANDRA JOLLY said her 6-year-old son's
Christmas was spoiled when the substitute teacher made the statement
in class on Monday. "He had this sad, lost puppy dog look on
his face. This unhappy, empty look," Jolly said. "He said
his teacher informed the entire class that Santa is make-believe."
teacher was reading a story about the Tooth Fairy when the class
started discussing what was real and what was not, said district
spokesman Joe Donzelli.
When the subject of Santa came up, the teacher started questioning
parts of his story -- How could a fat jolly man fit down a chimney?
How could reindeer fly around the world in one night? -- and told
the children that wasn't possible.
all been blown out of proportion," Codner said. "I'm sorry
(parents) think I meant it that way. We were just having a discussion.
I don't know where all this hurt came from." The teacher said
none of the children acted upset or sad during class. But Jolly
and others disagree. "How do you destroy a 6-year-old like
that?" said Pam Sturt, whose son Bradley is in D.J.'s class.
said the school's principal "had a real stern conversation"
with the teacher. But there will be no written reprimand because
she did not violate any school district policy.
have no Santa clause," Donzelli said. "We would think
that teachers would use better judgment."
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