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Teacher disciplined for 'Santa is white' remark

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:48 p.m. HST, Dec 14, 2013

RIO RANCHO, N.M. » 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.

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 today 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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paintslinger wrote:
You and Fox are big targets lady because you spew 'airhead' commentary on a fairly regular basis. Announcing that Jesus was white was far more moronic than telling the world that Santa Claus was white. Besides, what difference would it make anyway?
on December 14,2013 | 02:07PM
busterb wrote:
Just a joke. Everyone knows Santa is kinda brown, has multiple tats, and a gold tooth. How can they even joke about that?
on December 14,2013 | 02:39PM
geralddeheer wrote:
Santa is an alien who is here on earth to lure us into excessive materialism. While we Christmas shop so that children can be fooled into thinking a man with a red suit parked a vehicle on millions of rooftops during one night using a reindeer powered vehicle that flies. The only way a mission of that nature is executed is aliens influence the minds of all people who spend money during the Christmas season to believe they have to become involved in this deception. Santa does exist, and actually visits all those places. He (actually a well coordinated group of aliens...most likely the 'greys') even is in all the shopping centers prior to the event (the actors who play Santa are actually mind-melded). The Aliens use Santa to enter our homes, invade our minds so we will believe that someone from Kenya is President. It's not a War on Christmas, is the War on Us During Christmas. Rumor has it that Jesus himself, as a representative of the High Command (the Grand Oversight Designators or "God" for short) is directing this entire situation, creating global warming so that Alien ships can land and have sex with playboy bunnies, and giving birth to a new super race of Alien/Human Beings that will gain majorities in Congress and the European Parliment (the real mission of the Birthers, why would a supposedly intelligent man like Donald Trump be involved, he is playing for the real big deal). That's why steroids are dangerous. The Aliens implanted Trump's hair with steroids and he figured that out, he was going to expose this plot as hair-brained but God made a deal with him. Trump gets to fire people. Wake up, they are all holding hands and other body parts under the table.
on December 15,2013 | 08:06AM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Only the Left would turn this into a race issue.
on December 14,2013 | 02:44PM
random2cents wrote:
says the 'right' who thinks everything has to do with politics. this teacher would probably say the same thing to a Latino, Asian or Polynesian child.
on December 14,2013 | 03:51PM
Mana07 wrote:
I highly doubt it...
on December 15,2013 | 10:16AM
eoe wrote:
Yes, how could anyone think that a teacher telling a black student his santa costume is inaccurate because santa is white is a racially charged issue.
on December 14,2013 | 04:29PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Seriously... how could they? LOL
on December 15,2013 | 08:36AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Only Fox could perpetuate it.
on December 15,2013 | 09:23AM
kispest wrote:
Typical liberal morons!
on December 14,2013 | 02:58PM
MolokaiChuck wrote:
I did not know Santa was real????????
on December 14,2013 | 03:28PM
aomohoa wrote:
Good one!
on December 14,2013 | 06:10PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
I thought Santa was hispanic.
on December 14,2013 | 06:18PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Wow, I can't believe a teacher would say such a thing to a student. He must be fairly *stupid*. Santa is white but I think Jesus was brown.
on December 14,2013 | 04:32PM
eoe wrote:
The original santa - Saint Nicolas - was a greek bishop from Turkey. Don't think they had the concept of "white" 1700 years ago.
on December 14,2013 | 06:04PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
So Jesus and Santa are Middle easterners. Don't tell that to Fox.
on December 15,2013 | 09:25AM
st1d wrote:
santa is a pigment of imagination.
on December 14,2013 | 05:52PM
hikine wrote:
white pigment
on December 15,2013 | 01:10AM
kolohepalu wrote:
She's going to Paula Deen's house for Christmas dinner
on December 14,2013 | 06:03PM
aomohoa wrote:
I am so sick of political correctness.
on December 14,2013 | 06:09PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
The article doesn't say if the teacher was white or not. Would it have made a difference if the teacher were black? Just wondering.
on December 14,2013 | 06:20PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Still would have been dumb, and yeah, for the racists in this forum that don't recognize that they ARE racist, it was far from politically incorrect... it was racist. Even the teacher eventually recognized it.
on December 15,2013 | 07:55AM
Bdpapa wrote:
It would have been much worse. It was a dumb thing to say. Some people are saying its a racist statement. But what if the teacher was Black or Hispanic, is it still racist?
on December 15,2013 | 08:49AM
Anonymous wrote:
Sure. Black or Hispanic people (or Asian, or Native Hawaiian, etc) have their fair share of racist people as well.
on December 15,2013 | 09:09AM
kalaoa wrote:
It is a mythology of Caucasians, isn't it? So it would be a white person from the beginning. Is Mohammed white, black, brown, mestizo? Is momotaro white, hispanic, black, native American, etc? Was Jesus an African native? It is a reflection of the culture that created it. I can still love Santa and all that he stands for. Oops, is he a woman? Or cross gender?
on December 14,2013 | 07:18PM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
Can Santa Jump?
on December 14,2013 | 07:47PM
busterb wrote:
More importantly can he coach a decent DLine?
on December 14,2013 | 07:59PM
hikine wrote:
Strange, all pictures of Santa since I've been growing up is white, Santa in malls are white, on Christmas cards Santa is white, TV shows and movies Santa is white. Telling a black student Santa is white is now racial? Gimme a break!
on December 15,2013 | 01:15AM
steveoctober wrote:
What do you expect from an American public school. The worst "education" you can get in the world. While they are focused on such trivial nonsense, the Chinese schools are aggressively teaching math, science, and writing skills, so their students will become world leaders and overthrow the US.
on December 15,2013 | 05:25AM
hikine knows, that's the way we grew up.
on December 15,2013 | 02:13AM
bekwell wrote:
Next they'll be telling me the president is black.
on December 15,2013 | 02:13AM
Graham wrote:
Only half...
on December 15,2013 | 06:19AM
inHilo wrote:
If you believe in Santa, you have problems.
on December 15,2013 | 05:43AM
kukaikid wrote:
the real question is how and why did santa and christ become white ultra conservative racists?
on December 15,2013 | 06:25AM
nitpikker wrote:
white europeans started it by saying god made them in their image.
on December 15,2013 | 08:52AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
As an imaginary character I suppose he can be whatever color you can imagine.
on December 15,2013 | 10:15AM
Anonymous wrote:
If only the teacher had the sense to think of it that way and celebrate the Christmas holiday with love and compassion instead of foolishness.
on December 15,2013 | 10:47AM
Mana07 wrote:
His name is Santa not LaSanta
on December 15,2013 | 10:17AM
Mana07 wrote:
Whites should sue the left through the ACLU for racial discrimination for assuming that they are racists based upon the fact that they are white...
on December 15,2013 | 10:20AM
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