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Teacher disciplined for 'Santa is white' remark

New Mexico Teacher Tells Student 'Santa Is White'


RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after a parent says the man told his black son that Santa Claus is white.

Officials at the school in Rio Rancho, about 15 miles north of Albuquerque, announced Friday that the teacher recently was disciplined for his comments to the student, but they declined to say how, KOB-TV reported (http://goo.gl/GYqcJr).

The move came after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

Michael Rougier said his ninth-grade son, Christopher, arrived wearing a Santa hat and beard, and the teacher asked the boy: "Don't you know Santa Clause is white? Why are you wearing that?"

The teacher's name was not released, and attempts by The Associated Press to reach school officials Saturday were unsuccessful.

Michael Rougier said the teacher's comments 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 incident happened the same week that Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly said on the air that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white. Her comments drew national attention and prompted a slew of heated comments on blogs and social media sites.

A spokesman for Rio Rancho Public Schools said the Cleveland High School teacher knows he made a "dumb" mistake and has since apologized to the Rougier family.

Michael Rougier said he still has concerns. "If he has that attitude, how is it affecting students, studies, grading habits, trending toward Caucasian kids?" Rougier said of the teacher.

The teacher still works at Cleveland, but Christopher has been removed from his class, KOB-TV reported.

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ed7063 December 22 2013 at 6:34 PM

So since I was born every TV show, commercial or ad Santa was white. So what. I think this country is a going overboard with race issues. It looks like the divide is wider now than ever. This country is heading down a dark path and If things continue the way they are, we are in for some terrible times to come.

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kingofswords72 December 22 2013 at 2:59 PM

The article stated "Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly said on the air that both Santa Claus and
Jesus were white". Megyn Kelly should get off her horse of a different color and study some facts.

Jesus came from a Semitic tribe where the people are brown skinned with dark brown/black hair and brown eyes. True Semites are not considered "white". The only thing that might come close to presenting Jesus as white is a letter supposedly written by Pontius Pilot that said Jesus was a tall blonde haired man with light skin but for the most part that letter has been proven to be a fraud.

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teman99 December 20 2013 at 11:20 AM

I say Shame on the Parents if this kid is so affected by this statement!!!!!

People lets put responsibility back where it belongs......in the house!

Yes the teacher made a dumb comment, but believe me I've been called worse by
blacks growing up and it DID NOT affect my self esteem.
I've been robbed twice by black kids and it DID NOT affect my self esteem.

So for all you race card players including the father (who is white).....get yourself some
help and if being called names affect you that deeply.......
You need serious Counseling.

Start taking responsibility for Self!!!!

Merry Christmas to All no matter what color or religion or whatever you are!

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gl1430 December 18 2013 at 1:59 PM

This teacher has been watching way too much FOX News. The teacher should be fired!

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margaret December 17 2013 at 8:42 PM

GIVE ME A BREAK. THIS WAS IN A HIGH SCHOOL.NOT KINDERGARTEN.

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bennisimmons December 17 2013 at 11:17 AM

He should be fired because he is not mentally capable of educating Black students. You cannot change a person's heart or how they really feel. It is obvious to him that Black children are not worthy
of dressing as a MAKE BELIEVE character such as Santa Claus and therefore they are definitely not worthy of the REAL THING called Education.

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stsawyer2 December 17 2013 at 5:56 AM

Santa Claus to all kids is mostly what we, as parents, portray him as......our kids aren't born with hate or bias or racist thoughts. What children learn and begin to believe is TOTALLY and COMPLETELY up to what their parents choose to teach and show and educate them on. The teacher in question in New Mexico really went out of her way to hurt this student, and acting like this was some act of misguided innocence is a flippin' joke....she knew what she was doing, period. So everyone please stop with the slopppy attempts at re-writing questionable ancient history and deal with reality, please.....whether you're white, black, brown, yellow or any combo thereof, this teacher f'd up, and you know it....

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deedeerene December 17 2013 at 9:56 AM

Could not have said it any better, stsawyer2. This whole thing really got off track. This is and should be about the child and not what a lot of these angry posters are making it out to be. We as parents need to be asking, "What was the teacher's motive?" Even if she believed what she said, why, as a teacher of children, would she say that? Some people here are saying "What's the big deal?" Well, the article said that this kid's self esteem is so low that now he doesn't even want to celebrate Christmas anymore. If you can't understand the implications of that, its because you have no clue what it's like to be made to feel inferior because of the color of your skin... Mainstream society wants Black people to forget their history, not talk about it or even acknowledge it at all. Whenever we so much as mention it, we are accused of playing the race card. They want us to pretend that racism doesn't exist, stop complaining so "we can move forward" and yet, this kind of thing happens all the time. Every single day for us.... The tearing down of a young Black child's self-esteem is a horrible thing with unimaginable consequences. But that is no matter to you because afterall... It's not you right? This poor poor child. These people ask "What's the big deal?" Well I say that at the very least, this was a truly defining moment in his life.

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Chief of HiberNation December 17 2013 at 4:53 AM

NOT ONLY BEING ATRADEMARK, SANTA IS NO COLOR BECAUSE SANTA CLAUS DOES NOT EXIST ITS A FICTITIOUS CHARACTER NO FLYING DEER OR ANYTHING,IN MICHELLE O BAMA ROBISONS SKIN COLOR BROWN THEY LOTS OF FICTITIOUS CHARACTERS, WHITE PEOPLE DON'T PUT ON THEIR COSTUMES,SANTA CLAUS,KRIS KRINGLE ETC WERE ALL ORIGINED IN THE GREAT WHITE NORTH LAND SNOW ICE AS A FUN THING, JESUS DIDN'T HAVE AN INTEREST IN IT AT ALL,.AS A FACT JESUS' SURNAME WAS NOT CHRIST, THE KING JAMES VENISON IS JUST TRANSLATION FROM A LANGUAGE HE COULDN'T READ TO ONE HE STILL CAN'T READ. SO ORATE THIS CHIEF CHRISTMAS OF HIBERNATION WANTS YA'LL TA KNOW,WHEN DINAH SHORE SAID SHE LOOKED OUT THE BRIDGE WINDOW OF THE ALLISON CONSTELLATION AND SAW A RED SLED FLY'NN LONG PULLED BY 8 WHITE IMPALAS CHASING A RED FOX W/ GUY IN A RED ZOOT SUIT SCREAMIN I'M PORTER RIDE ME REBA.WELL PUTIN AND I HAD TO ASK OUR GIRLS NOT LET THE PASSENGERS HAVE TO MANY INFLIGHT ALCOHOL SEDATIVES

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deedeerene December 17 2013 at 10:21 AM

ROTFLMAO!!!! Thanks hon for the laugh. It was much needed. :-)

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robbhoek December 17 2013 at 4:37 AM

Sinterklaas was a white (Greek, Indo European) Byzantine Bishop of Smyrna, Turkey
Jesus Christ was of Jewish origin. Abraham originated from UR de CHaldee in Mesopotamia, Sadam’s home ground. What does that make him? Jews and Arabs are Semites. Some are dark and some are fair skinned.
Santa Claus is not of feminine (Santa) and (masculine) Claus as the mane suggests. It is derived from the Dutch name Sinter Klaas. Those who had a little too much rum under their belt due to the cold, their speech became a little impaired, like slurred, and they began to call him Sanna Cloth which over time turned into Santa Claus. If he was then he and mrs. Claus would have been the first same sex couple. HO. HO. HO.

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nolandhudson December 17 2013 at 4:16 AM

Santa is a state of mind. IF a freshman lets that ruin Christmas, he's going to have a long sad life! Merry Merry Christmas.....wear your mask and love who you are!! (Not sure if St. Nicholas was white either. He was born in Myra by the Mediterrarian Sea.) I will bet you, he looked nothing like the Santa character that has evolved through the United States.

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