A Southern California mom who has yet to be identified was stunned after she was sent a nasty letter from a law firm threatening to slap her with a civil lawsuit. The reason for the suit? Her son told some of his fellow classmates that Santa Claus didn't exist.
Reddit user crazy_moms_throwaway recently posted a describing the bizarre situation. Reportedly, the single mother's son told a group of his classmates that Santa Claus wasn't real. The children, of course, mentioned what they had learned at school that day to their parents—and their parents were quick to act.
Soon after the incident, the mom received a courier notice from what she described as a "well-known, local, elite law firm." Apparently, her son's Santa slip-up allegedly resulted in the other's children experiencing "emotional damage," and was overall "[a] flagrant disregard to parental rights" that also facilitated "the loss of innocence of child wonderment."
The letter, which contained the names of 8 children who had learned the true secret of Christmas, alleged that the kids were "traumatized" by her son's "negligent actions." The notice also demanded that the boy stay away from his friends at all times, and that any interaction between the boy and the group of kids should be cut off.
But that isn't all. Besides threatening to sue, the law firm also insisted that the mom is now obligated to pay for a "fully interactive Santa Experience." Um, what? A "Santa Experience" means that the mom now has to hire a Santa impersonator for a party to be hosted at one of the kid's houses, in which Santa will hand out presents, sing songs with the "affected" children and generally spread good Christmas cheer (all on the mom's dime). The purpose of the party, as stated by the letter, is to "reverse the damage [her] son caused and re-spark the child like wonderment that surrounds the holidays."
She was given a week to "rectify this unfortunate situation."
The mother, of course, took the situation to the school's principal. We've yet to learn the final result of the meetings, but the mom was sure to add that she and her son's school's principal "had a laugh" at the ridiculousness of the overall situation.
Many posters on the original Reddit threat have cited that the baseless "case" has no grounds, and that in most places, accusations of emotional distress need to have resulted in some physical distress as well in order to be taken seriously.
On the other hand, many posters are decrying that the threat is attacking a first grader's first amendment rights.
Either way, the single mom has been bombarded with offers from lawyers to cover the case pro bono, if not purely for "entertainment value."