Teacher tells student 'Santa is white'UPDATED 4:18 AM HST Dec 16, 2013Video Transcript
CHRISTMAS OUTFITS TO SCHOOL, IT WAS MEANT TO BE ABOUT HOLIDAY CHEER. BUT ONE TEACHER'S RACIALLY CHARGED COMMENTS ABOUT A STUDENT'S OUTFIT, HAS THE DISTRICT UNDER FIRE. AND TONIGHT, THE BOY'S PARENTS ARE DEMANDING AN APOLOGY. KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER MIKE SPRINGER IS LIVE AT CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL WITH MORE. SHELLEY, THE BOY WAS WEARING A SANTA HAT LIKE THIS ONE. AND ACCORDING TO THE BOY'S PARENT'S, THE TEACHER SAID HE COULDN'T WEAR THAT... BECAUSE SANTA IS WHITE AND THE BOY IS BLACK. CLEVELAND HIGH FRESHMAN CHRISTOPHER LOVED CHRISTMAS. BUT THAT ALL CHANGED LAST THURSDAY, WHEN HE WORE THIS SANTA HAT AND BEARD TO SCHOOL HIS PARENTS SAY A TEACHER TOLD CHRISTOPHER, WHO'S BLACK, HE COULDN'T BE SANTA, BECAUSE SANTA IS WHITE. he was embarrassed. He was literally embarrassed. CHRISTOPHER NEVER TOLD HIS PARENTS WHAT HAPPENED. IN FACT, HIS FATHER, MICHAEL SAYS HE DIDN'T FIND OUT UNTIL THE NEXT DAY WHEN ANOTHER PARENT MENTIONED IT. MICHAEL WAS FURIOUS AND CALLED THE SCHOOL. the principal just hung up the phone on me, hasn't called back. hasn't said anything MICHAEL SAYS THE ONLY CALL HE'S RECEIVED IS FROM THE TEACHER, WHO SPOKE TO HIS WIFE AND APOLOGIZED. HE SAYS HE'S NOT HAPPY WITH THE WAY "HE" THINKS THE DISTRICT HAS HANDLED THE SITUATION. it's not a phone call. A phone is not something you do, 'Oh I'm sorry for saying this to your child.' this is something that needs to be sat down and discussed. NOW, HE SAYS CHRISTOPHER WON'T EVEN TOUCH THE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS...TOO ASHAMED BY WHAT HAPPENED. as for the teacher, the school says he has been disciplined. But they won't say how and Christopher has been removed from his classroom at the request of his parents. MICHAEL SAYS, THAT'S NOT ENOUGH. he needs to be fired. For him to make a comment like that there has to be a minimum prejudice in him and we don't have room for that CHRISTOPHER'S PARENTS SAY WHAT THEY HOPE COMES OUT OF ALL THIS IS FOR CHRISTOPHER TO UNDERSTAND HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG AND FOR HIM TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS THE WAY HE USE TO... REPORTING FROM RIO RANCHO MIKE SPRINGER KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS THE DISTRICT TELLS US, THE TEACHER FEELS BAD AND REPORTED THE INCIDENT TO THE SCHOOL HIMSELF, AND THAT THE TEACHER SAYS, HE MADE A 'STUPID MISTAKE.'