As winter festivities kick into high gear, many parents are working to make sure their children are filled with holiday spirit.
But one New Jersey substitute teacher may have spoiled Christmas and other holidays for a class of first-grade students.
According to a Facebook post by mom Lisa Simek, whose daughter Emilia was in the classroom at Cedar Hill School, the unnamed substitute asked students what holiday was coming up.
When they answered “Christmas,” she proceeded to tell them “magic does not exist.” The mom wrote on Facebook:
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.
After telling the children her thoughts on Christmas, the substitute continued to shatter the children’s beliefs. Simek said:
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 in CH’s 1st Grade class.
Principal Michael Raj sent a letter to parents apologizing for the substitute’s “poor judgment” after he became aware of it, CBS News reports.
Raj said he wanted to give parents the opportunity to “take appropriate steps to maintain the childhood innocence of the holiday season.”
Thankfully, a group of local high school students is aiming to help out.
According to an update by Simek, a journalism class and English class from Toms River High School East are writing “individual, personalized, whimsical letters from the North Pole” to the first-graders.
The teens are writing the letters as part of their holiday project. And hopefully, it will bring some holiday joy to the little ones.
The substitute has not been publicly identified. Simek said that teacher should be respected, regardless of her actions:
“We don’t know her situation and perspective, and no matter how unfortunate a situation, we must all learn from this that Christmas magic is real and shown through acts of kindness, love, positivity and grace for/from loved ones as well as strangers.”