A New Mexico teacher was disciplined this week after the parent of one of his students complained that he had told his black son that Santa Claus is white.
According to Michael Rougier, the parent, the unidentified teacher approached his ninth-grade son, Christopher, who was wearing a Santa hat and fake beard and said, “Don’t you know Santa Claus is white? Why are you wearing that?”
The teacher’s comments come in the wake of the controversy caused by Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, who claimed it was a “fact” that both Santa Claus and Jesus Christ were white.
Rougier toldThe El Paso Times that the teacher’s question “enraged him.”
“There’s no room for that in the classroom,” he said. “Whether this teacher felt Christopher may have been wearing this out of context, there’s no room for it. There’s just no room for it.”
The Rio Rancho Public School district did not release the name of the teacher, nor did it indicate how the teacher was disciplined, only that “[a]ppropriate disciplinary action has been taken.”
Rougier is not convinced that the district has done enough.
“If he has that attitude,” he said, “how is it affecting students, studies, grading habits, trending toward Caucasian kids?”
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