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After School worker creates Santa controversy

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Many parents are upset after an afterschool childcare provider at Pease Elementary School told kids that Santa does not exist.

Susan Gammage said her 6-year-old daughter recently came home from school with some surprising questions.

"Her father picked her up that day and she had some questions about Santa, is he real? And her dad was taken off guard a little bit," Gammage said. "From what I understand a child directly asked a teacher, is Santa real?

Gammage was disappointed to hear about the teacher's response and quickly tried to restore her daughter's faith.

"We asked her, what do you believe, and she said well I believe in Santa and really that was it," Gammage said. "And from there I believe her faith in Santa has been restored.

But of course Santa is real. FOX 7's Lauren Petrowski found him in Austin and he assured her his elves are hard at work.

"I'm on the phone with Mrs. Claus very frequently to see how the elves are doing," Santa said. "The reindeer are good, the sleigh's in good shape."

He still makes time to listen to kids tell him what they want for Christmas.

"If you believe, he'll bring you everything you dream for, especially if you're well behaved," mom of three Candace Pruett tells her little ones about Santa. She said she hopes teachers will do the same.

"I just hope they encourage their creativity and belief in Santa Claus," Pruett said.

For many kids, so much of the magic of the holiday season depends on Santa Claus.

AISD did release a statement saying that the afterschool childcare provider is relatively new to the education field. She will be told to address such conversations differently in the future.

Susan Gammage said she is very fond of the teacher and is satisfied with the school's response.

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