Fox News host Megyn Kelly made news last week when she said that “Santa Claus is white.” Kelly later claimed she was using tongue-in-cheek humor for the Santa-believing toddlers who watch Fox News.
While Kelly skated by with her flimsy excuse, a teacher in Albuquerque, N.M., who told a black student that “Santa Claus is white” has been disciplined, notes Mediaite.com (video below).
The unidentified teacher at Cleveland High School made the remark after a black ninth-grader, Christopher Rougier, wore a Santa hat and beard to school on a Christmas-themed costume day.
“Don’t you know Santa Clause is white?” the teacher asked Rougier. “Why are you wearing that?”
“The remark was inappropriate and should not have been made,” school district spokeswoman Kim Vesely told the Associated Press. “The teacher feels very badly about what occurred. He self-reported the incident to the principal and has apologized to the student and to the student’s parent. Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken.”
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“There’s no room for that in the classroom,” said Rougier’s father. “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.”