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Mum threatened with lawsuit after son tells friends Santa isn’t real


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A mother in the US has shared what has to be one of the most ludicrous cases of parents taking things a little too far yet. For the single mum has been threatened with a lawsuit after her young son told a group of school friends that Santa Claus isn’t real.

Emotional damage

After her son spilled the beans to a group of kids aged between four and ten, the mother from Southern California received an angry letter on behalf of the other children’s parents. The letter, which was printed on headed paper from a local law firm, threatened to sue the mum for “emotional damage”.

Loss of innocence

The unnamed mum posted on social media site Reddit: “Last week my first grade son told a group of kids Santa does not exist.

“Today via courier (not the mail), I received a rather threatening letter from a well-known, local, elite law firm threatening suit due to emotional damage, flagrant disregard to parental rights, and facilitating the loss of innocence of child wonderment. Yeah, seriously.

“I should mention that one of the kids is related to a lawyer at this law firm, I believe a brother of one of the angry mums works there.”

Santa party

But it doesn’t stop there. Not only did these parents consider suing the first grader’s mum, they also suggested a way for her to avoid legal action.

The post continued: “Here is the icing on the cake, in lieu of suit, the letter states that I need to pay for a fully interactive ‘Santa experience’ whereby a hired Santa will be hosted at one of the kids houses where he hands out presents (at my expense), sings songs with all eight kids, and offers general Christmas cheer.

“The purpose of this is to ‘reverse the damage my son caused and re-spark the child like wonderment that surrounds the holidays.'”

Of course, this story originated from Reddit so there is always the chance it may not be completely true…. However, it does raise some interesting questions. How would you react if another child told your kids Santa didn’t exist? If your child already knows how do you encourage them to keep the secret?





About Maria Brett

About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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