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by | Dec 5, 2018 | Education, Lifestyle, News, Religion & Spirituality | 0 comments

What’s worse than a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking? Perhaps a place in the unemployment line.

A substitute teacher who recently told first-graders that Santa Claus is not real is no longer working for a New Jersey school district, the superintendent said Tuesday.

Montville Township Public Schools Superintendent Rene Rovtar confirmed in a statement to Fox News that the substitute, who has not been identified, is no longer with the K-12 district.

The superintendent, calling the incident the Cedar Hill School the “Santa matter,” said no additional comment would be made on the topic due to “the fact that this is a personnel matter.”

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

Cedar Hill School Principal Michael Raj had previously sent a letter to parents following Thursday’s incident at the school, noting the “childhood innocence of the holiday season.”

Raj said that as a parent himself, he understands the “sensitive nature” of the topic.

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

The substitute teacher’s identity has not been released.

The “Santa matter” prompted a social media outcry from the parental community, the report said.

“Many of us parents have been doing damage control since the kids get home from school,” parent Lisa Simek posted to Facebook on Thursday.

Another parent, Myra Sansone-Aboyoun, told News 12 New Jersey that her 6-year-old daughter Addriana was extremely upset by the ordeal.

“I was heartbroken. You know, my daughter is the hugest believer in the whole Christmas spirit — Santa, giving,” the mother said.

Montville Township is about 30 miles northwest of New York City.

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