(Fox News) – What’s worse than a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking? Perhaps a place in the unemployment line. A substitute teacher who recently told first-graders that Santa Claus is not real is no longer working for a New Jersey school district, the superintendent said Tuesday. Montville Township Public Schools Superintendent Rene Rovtar confirmed in a statement to Fox News that the substitute, who has not been identified, is no longer with the K-12 district.

Rovtar previously told News 12 New Jersey that “childhood wonder associated with holidays and traditions” is special to her. The superintendent, calling the incident the Cedar Hill School the “Santa matter,” said no additional comment would be made on the topic due to “the fact that this is a personal matter.” Cedar Hill School Principal Michael Raj had previously sent a letter to parents following Thursday’s incident at the school, noting the “childhood innocence of the holiday season.” READ MORE