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article imageSecond-graders shocking holiday lesson: There's no Santa Claus

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By Joan Firstenberg     Dec 2, 2011 in World
Nanuet - Second-graders in a suburban New York school received shocking and unwelcome news from their geography teacher, "There's no Santa Claus." School officials say they are investigating, but parents call the teacher "The Grinch who stole Christmas".
The alleged revelation by the female geography teacher occurred during a class Tuesday at Nanuet's George W. Miller Elementary School. The 7-year-olds were telling her that they knew all about the North Pole because that's where Santa Claus lives.
The teacher must have seen red, because instead of handling the statement as a skilled instructor might have, she reportedly stated to the children that Santa did not exist in reality and that the Christmas gifts they received were actually bought by their parents.
The local Journal-News reports that some parents were irate with one denouncing the teacher as the new Scrooge.
School Principal Elizabeth Smith refused to comment about it, but Mark McNeil, superintendent of the Nanuet Union Free School District superintendent Mark McNeill says his office is investigating.
“This matter is being discussed internally and it would be inappropriate for me to comment further/"
The New York Daily News reports that this is not the only person to slam Santa this week. A television news anchor at Fox News in Chicago, Robin Robinson announced during a live broadcast that children should be taught early that Santa Claus isn't real in order to discourage unrealistic gift expectations.
“Stop trying to convince your kids that Santa is Santa. That’s why they have these high expectations. They know you can’t afford it, so what do they do? Just ask some man in a red suit. There is no Santa.”
The day after making this pronouncement, Robinson issued an apology the next day.
These two women might learn something by talking with Margaret Burke, a postal worker in the Congers post office who for the past 20 years, has been responding to children's letters written to Santa Claus. Not only does she write back to each child, using her own time and money for stamps, but on each letter she puts a return address from the North Pole.
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