Some parents are upset at an Ontario Elementary teacher who might have mistakenly told her third-grade students that Santa Claus does not exist.
Assistant superintendent Dennis Muratori is investigating what the teacher said and the circumstances.
Such statements could be cause for disciplinary action, superintendent Tom Tucker said.
"There are guidelines and things that we just don't do," he said. "Your beliefs are your beliefs, and they are not shared in a classroom."
No Sandusky Schools policy addresses this particular situation.
The incident allegedly occurred earlier this week during a writing exercise. After receiving complaints from parents, Muratori contacted Ontario principal Jill Wasiniak, who had the teacher call parents.
School board president Faith Denslow learned about the incident Friday while attending a holiday program.
If it's true, Denslow said, it's deeply disappointing that a teacher would say such things.
Santa is real, said the jolly old elf himself, as he sat in the Washington Park Cookie House on Friday evening. He greeted children under a brightly painted wall proclaiming, "Seeing isn't believing; believing is seeing."
Santa, learning of the alleged classroom incident, didn't plan to put the teacher on his naughty list and carefully worded a response about his existence.
"Santa loves Christmas and the Christmas spirit," he said. "What that means to Mr. and Mrs. Claus, it means family and love."
Yes, Virginia ...
Perhaps a newspaper's response to an 8-year-old girl says it best. Virginia O'Hanlon wrote to the New York Sun in 1897 to ask about the existence of Santa. Here are some excerpts from an editor's published response to her question:
"Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."