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: Dont you know Santa Claus is white? Why are you wearing that?
Michael Rougier said the teachers comments enraged him. Theres no room for that in the classroom, he said. Whether this teacher felt Christopher may have been wearing this out of context, theres no room for it. Theres just no room for it.