Alert NORAD: Santa has been taken down by the substitute teacher at the Blackshaw Lane Primary School in Royton, England. The mean Ms. Grinch told her classroom of seven-year-olds that Father Christmas is a big fat fake.
And parents are complaining about campus security guards stepping in as substitute teachers? The sub told the kids “it’s your parents who leave out presents on Christmas Day,” when the class started to get out of control during a discussion about Christmas.
Because this substitute apparently needs a refresher course in how to deal with children, here’s a quick lesson. First rule of Santa: Don’t talk about Santa (unless you know kids’ beliefs). Second rule of Santa: you know how this goes people.
Kids will eventually learn the big guy doesn’t exist, and parents everywhere will lose their best-valued fall/winter behavior modification method. Most parents hope for later rather than sooner, and they hope the magic dies accidentally – not via a callous adult who decides she needs to shock some kids. If the kids were being rowdy, whatever happened to the good old-fashioned, “Santa’s watching?”
Perhaps I’m just cranky because I remember my Santa dreams being dashed by a teacher too. Lying in the bed in the nurse’s office because of a stomach ache, I could clearly hear all the goings on in the main office – linked to our nurse’s station via a narrow, open hallway. The gym teacher, father of one of my classmates, was so busy checking his mailbox that he never noticed me lying there while he talked up what he had to do to get things ready for his kids on Christmas morning . . . including his massive production to make Santa “seem real.” Wouldn’t you know it – I was seven too.
Do you think adults have the right to throw this one at kids?