People get into teaching to change the world, to influence young children’s lives for the better and try to give back to society.

I can’t speak from experience since I’m bad with children, but I imagine it’s a pretty exciting time when you get your new class. You have a new project and 20-or-so children who you can influence and enrich.

That is if you’re a teacher on a permanent basis, mind you. They get a year to do something great. Substitute teachers, on the other hand, they have less time to make an impression.

So you can sort of see where this person’s head was at when they decided to tell a class full of six-year-olds in Cedar Hill School, Montville, New Jersey, that Father Christmas isn’t real and that the kids’ parents buy gifts and put them under the tree instead.

I say you can see where her head was at… you obviously can’t. That seems outrageously cruel.

But that wasn’t enough, as the teacher decided to drive the point home and go on to say elves, the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny and magic aren’t real, along with reindeer not being able to fly.

Parent, Lisa Simek, was furious, and shared the story on Facebook, criticising the teacher for her actions:

She told them Santa isn’t real and parents just buy presents and put them under their tree. She 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.

She did not even stop there: 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.

She told them magic does not exist. There is no such thing as magic anything.

A grown woman tried to crush our six-year-old’s spirit, along with the spirits of the other 22 kids.

Many of us parents have been doing damage control since the kids get home from school today, but coming from an adult this is definitely the kind of seed that was planted deep inside of their sceptical, perceptive and inquisitive minds.

The principal of the school, Michael Raj, sent a letter in response to the parents, which opened:

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.

Meanwhile, since the story went viral, a highschool class has volunteered to write the class of kids each letters from the North Pole, to make them believe again.

Simek was delighted, responding:

Mrs. Casey Daniel, an English teacher at Toms River High – East High School in Toms River, and her journalism class have volunteered to write the children of our class individual, personalised, whimsical letters from the North Pole as a part of their creative writing holiday project.

A great big THANK YOU to this wonderful woman and her students for taking the time and having such big, kind hearts!

What a lovely sentiment.

Mind you, there’s no point in trying to get the kids to believe in Santa all over again, is there? Won’t that just end up hurting them twice?

I’ll send this article to each child to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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