Faculty members at the Lawrence Heights Elementary School located near Marlborough Village, MO are in hot water after one of their substitute teachers allegedly informed all of the students in his 4th grade classroom that “Santa Claus isn’t real” during a recent history lesson.
Jeremy Townsen (pictured left) is the 29-year-old self-proclaimed atheist currently at the center of this holiday controversy. According to complaints filed by several parents, Mr. Townsen went on an extensive anti-religious tirade before cruelly dashing the children’s visions of sugarplums upon the hard slate of reality.
Students were understandably shaken after the incident and many went on to tell their parents about what had occurred. After an influx of angry calls to the school, superintendent Gerald Myers held a meeting on Monday to decide what would be done with Mr. Townsen. He released the following statement.
“Naturally we have several parents who are very distraught over what occurred and we are addressing the problem as quickly and efficiently as we can. We will have on site trauma counselors to talk with the children and resolve the PTSD they may be experiencing as the result of Mr. Townsen’s careless declarations. We understand that Mr Townsen had no business imposing his personal beliefs onto these children and we are working hard to create solutions in the wake of this dilemma.”
“There Is No Santa, Just Like There Is No God!”
Parents were aghast to find that a teacher had taken such liberties with their offspring. Many are claiming damages and say their children are calling Santa a fraud and asking for their gifts early. Some families have also started a letter writing campaign to get the teacher removed from the school.
Sandra Fairview is the mother of one of the children who was in the classroom at the time of the incident. She told National Report “My child said Mr. Townsen was ranting angrily about religion. He told my child that Santa and Jesus are not real. That they are all just lies that parents use to control them. My son came home in tears, very confused with a lot of questions. Mr. Townsen has successfully ruined Christmas for our kids and traumatized them into believing that their own parents cannot be trusted!”
Jeremy Townsen is currently on paid leave from his job while the school district performs a full investigation into the incident. He has declined to speak with National Report about the allegations but we did receive a response from his attorney which stated “Mr. Townsen is innocent of any crime until proven guilty. We will be fighting these charges and it is expected that he will resume teaching his regular schedule within the next month.”
Photo credit: Substitute teacher in the classroom, U.S. Army photos by Victoria Choi, License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usaghumphreys/7891527102/in/photostream/
Jane M. Agni (2013, December 16)
Originally Published On National Report