The substitute teacher who sparked an uproar by telling first graders that Santa isn’t real -- and also took aim at the Easter Bunny and other creatures -- will not be returning to school.
Montville Schools Superintendent René Rovtar said Tuesday that the sub, whose identity has not been disclosed, is no longer working in the K-12 district.
“Due to the fact that this is a personnel matter, no additional comment will be made on this topic,” Rovtar said in an email.
The bizarre incident unfolded Thursday at the Cedar Hill School and prompted a parental outcry on social media.
Rovtar, in recounting what happened the following day, said the sub had rebutted a student who asserted that Santa is real.
Rovtar said the first graders peppered the sub with questions about the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Elf on a Shelf (the storybook ‘scout elf’ aiding Santa), and the fortune-granting powers of leprechauns.
"She proceeded to debunk all of it,” Rovtar said on Friday evening.
A parent, Lisa Simek, was among those reacting with dismay to the incident.
“Many of us parents have been doing damage control since the kids get home from school,” she posted to Facebook on Thursday.