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Santa Claus talks to Corde Lamb, 2, left, and Miles Lamb, 4, during a photoshoot at the Delta hangar, which is transformed into a "Santa’s Winter Wonderland" in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — A substitute teacher in New Jersey might end up with coal in her stocking.

What happened: A substitute teacher caused a schoolwide panic last week when she told first-grade students that — spoilers — Santa Claus isn’t real, NJ.com reports.

  • Montville Schools Superintendent Rene Rovtar said in a statement to USA Today that the substitute teacher won’t be returning to the school.
  • “Due to the fact that this is a personnel matter, no additional comment will be made on this topic,” Rovtar said in an email to NJ.com.

Yikes: Last Thursday, the teacher straight up refuted a student who said that Santa Claus was real. The incident ignited a range of emotions from parents on social media.

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  • And then students asked questions about the Easter Bunny, tooth fairy, Elf on the Shelf and other mythical creatures.
  • Rovtar said the teacher debunked all the mysteries.

Reaction: One parent told News 12 New Jersey the situation upset her daughter.

  • "I was heartbroken," the parent, Myra Sansone-Aboyoun, told News 12. "You know, my daughter is the hugest believer in the whole Christmas spirit — Santa, giving."
  • The superintendent said she was saddened by what happened, according to The Associated Press. She called the “childhood wonder associated with all holidays and traditions” special to her.