Teacher dismissed for telling students Santa isn't real

December 06, 2018

MONTVILLE, New Jersey (AP) — School officials say a substitute teacher who told first grade students in New Jersey that Santa Claus isn't real will not be returning to the school.

'NJ.com' reports Montville Schools Superintendent Rene Rovtar confirmed Tuesday the teacher would no longer work in the district after the incident last Thursday at Cedar Hill School.

Rovtar declined further comment, saying the issue is a personnel matter.

Officials say the teacher debunked other holiday characters, including the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Elf on a Shelf.

Rovtar previously said she was disheartened by the incident and that "childhood wonder associated with all holidays and traditions" is special to her.

The substitute teacher's identity has not been released. The school district had earlier apologised for the teacher's comments.

Cedar Hill School Principal Michael Raj sent a letter to parents following the incident Thursday at the school in Montville.

Raj noted that as a parent himself, he understands the "sensitive nature" of the topic.

Raj said he had spoken with the teacher about her "poor judgment".