Substitute teacher spoils Christmas for First Graders

Imagine announcing to a class of tiny kids that Santa isn't real.

A heartless substitute teacher has shattered the Christmas dreams of a whole heap of six-year-olds.

The fill-in teacher at Cedar Hill School in Montville, U.S. revealed to her Year 1 class that Santa isn't real, according to .

The school sent home an apology letter to parents.

“During the course of the day, a substitute teacher apparently announced to the class that Santa was not real,” the school's principal Michael J. Raj wrote in the letter obtained by the

The principal explained he had spoken to the unnamed teacher "regarding her poor judgement in making this proclamation."

"As a father of four myself, I am truly aware of the sensitive nature of this announcement," he said.

Christmas innocence

Christmas innocence destroyed. Source: iStock.

If the conversation comes up

He said he was informing parents of the incident so that they could prepare an argument to keep their kids' innocence in tact... "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,'' he said.

Brooke Shields (mom of two girls Rowan and Grier): “Trust me when I tell you I’m on my girls. And every time I am, I know from the outside it looks like I’m an overbearing, controlling parent. But I don’t think we are responsible to anybody but our kids and ourselves.”

Of course, all children eventually find out the truth, and some parents choose to tell their own kids. But having an teacher tell them straight up at school is fairly devastating and confusing.

It's hard enough knowing how to handle the questions about how Santa gets into the house, let alone how to navigate an adult telling them it's all made up.

The school’s superintendent, Rene Rovtar, weighed in too, saying she was “troubled and disheartened by this incident.”

“The childhood wonder associated with all holidays and traditions is something I personally hold near and dear in my own heart,” she said.