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Christian told children Father Christmas isn’t real and made them smash chocolate Santas


Pupils as young as four were left in tears after they were told to smash up chocolate Santas after being told Father Christmas isn’t real.

Children at Fleet Wood Lane School were left devastated following an assembly hosted by a volunteer from a Christian charity.

Rachael Cotton, Headteacher at Fleet Wood Lane School in Lincolnshire, has apologised and said the school wouldn’t work with the group again.

Children were told to smash up their chocolate santas to show they understood the message (Picture: Getty)

She denied that pupils were told Santa doesn’t exist, however parents said that is the conclusion their children came to.

The volunteer was from the Mary Bass Charity which aims to ‘further the religious and other charitable work of the Church Of England’.

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She allegedly told them he was ‘made up’ and the reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Jesus, not Santa.

They were then told to smash up their chocolate to show that they understood Christmas is about more than just presents and sweets.

The mother of a four-year-old said: ‘My children said two children were asked to come to the front of the hall and smash chocolate Santas and reindeer with hammers to symbolise they were not what Christmas was all about.

‘They were encouraged to do this by the offer that they could take the chocolate home afterwards, and were also told that if they didn’t believe in God and Jesus they would go to hell.

‘Many of the children took that to mean that Santa was not real. My children were quite upset and we had to reassure them that he was and they would still be getting presents this year.’

Charity spokesman Michael Griffin said: ‘We plan to meet to discuss this and take appropriate action when things are clearer.’

Mrs Cotton said: ‘I have written to parents stating that some of the presentation by the Mary Bass Charity in a school assembly was inappropriate and assured them that we will not be using representatives from this charity again.

‘We have apologised to parents and children and totally sympathise with their concerns.’

Rachael Partridge said: ‘My daughter came home with a smashed-up chocolate Santa in a bag and explained why. I was really annoyed at this because Christmas time is a magical time for my kids.’

Earlier this week St Cuthbert’s CofE school in Darwen, Lancashire, was criticised for setting children homework to research if Father Christmas is real.





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