Gard: a teacher threatened for having mentioned the non-existence of Santa Claus in class

A teacher from Aubord, near Nîmes, was insulted in a private group for answering a question about Santa Claus in class. After filing a complaint, she is in turn subject to a procedure.

A few weeks before the Christmas holidays, the subject will certainly return to classrooms. A teacher from a primary school in Aubord, in the Gard, was copiously insulted in a private group reserved for parents for having mentioned the non-existence of Santa Claus with her students.

According to the story told by a child to a parent, contacted by, the 57-year-old teacher in charge of a class of CE2 and CM1 in the school of this small town of 2,400 inhabitants near Nîmes, was stopped by a student to ask him if Santa Claus existed. Without denying or confirming, she had invited everyone to believe it if they so wished.

Reminder of the law

The answer obviously did not please some parents of students who were moved by it on a private WhatsApp messaging group which brings together around fifteen parents. “Four attacked her, but the insults and threats came mainly from two parents,” said another parent.

Informed, the teacher filed a complaint for “threats to an agent in charge of a public service mission”, “harassment” and “contempt”. According Free lunchthe two mothers at the origin of the threats received a reminder of the law.

The teacher on sick leave

In the meantime, one of her mothers filed a complaint against the teacher for violence committed against her little boy in class. The teacher, assigned since September in this school, would have grabbed the child by the wrist to bring him back to his place.

The teacher, who has been practicing for 36 years, is extremely affected by this situation and is now on sick leave. A replacement has been assigned to the Aubord school. “It started with a stupid debate that ends in a settling of scores,” laments a parent of a student.

Contacted, the town hall, the prosecution and the rectorate did not respond to our requests.

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