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Some second-graders in Upstate New York got an extra holiday helping of bitter truth from their teacher last week during a geography lesson about the North Pole — specifically that there is no Santa Claus.

Leatrice Ann Eng, a teacher at George W. Miller Elementary School in Nanuet, N.Y., issued an apology to her students and their parents a day after the big “Bah, humbug!” reveal, the White Plains Journal reported.

According to the publication, the issue of Santa came up when the class of 7-year-olds were in the process of discussing who they thought inhabited the North Pole. That’s when the newspaper said Eng stuck to the facts, as she knows them, and said that Santa Claus did not exist and that Christmas presents were bought by children’s parents.School officials have declined to comment further on the matter, but did tell the publication that they were reviewing it internally.

It is unclear how the students are taking the news, or if they have cheerfully begun to collect gift-sized portions of coal during recess.

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