This story appeared in the Metro today:
Smiles with Santa before he massacred their dreams
“A Santa Claus has been suspended after allegedly telling children about the Sandy Hook school massacre.
The unidentified man also told one child at a garden centre’s Christmas grotto in Oxford that Father Christmas doesn’t exist.
Parents Wendy and Steven Kennett said they paid £5.99 for each of their three children to meet Santa at the centre in Nuneham Courtenay.
After Ryan, 10, Amy, 7, and Katie, 6, said they had been good, Santa allegedly replied: ‘Well there are bad people in the world and bad things happen, like what happened to those children in America.’
The oldest of the siblings later ran out of the grotto crying telling his parents: ‘Santa told me he is not real, it’s just you and dad.’
Mrs Kennett said: ‘I was totally furious. I now had three children in floods of tears.’
The family’s day went from bad to worse when they headed to a restaurant for a meal to cheer themselves up – only for the children’s entertainer there to tell them it was a waste of time writing to Santa.
A spokesman for Notcutts Garden Centre apologised for the incident.
‘This man was a freelancer and he has been suspended from his job for the season,’ he said.
‘He has worked for us for 10 years without any complaint and we will be sitting down with him in the future to discuss the incident.
‘At the end of the day the customer is upset. We have apologised for that and we have taken steps and the family have been kept informed.’
The garden centre has also arranged for the family to visit the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland attraction in London.”
The Metro also reported that a balloon artist afterwards told the same children that he was Santa’s best friend, that they go skiiing together on a weekend and not to bother writing to him as he’s got better things to do that read their letters! FTBAAS