Tutor reveals to 9-year-old student that ‘The Elf on the Shelf’ isn’t real, infuriating his mom: ‘It wasn’t your place’

A fourth-grade tutor accidentally told a student The Elf on the Shelf is fake. Now, the student’s mom is upset. 

The tutor asked Reddit’s “Am I the A******? (AITA)” forum to weigh in. The fourth grader has a lot of anxiety. One day, he “frantically” began asking questions about The Elf on the Shelf

The student seemed panicked about his family not having one. The tutor explained that different families have different traditions. 

“He was still upset asking me why the elf didn’t come to his house,” the Redditor wrote. “He asked me where the elf came from and I told him families bought the doll at the store.” 

The student was “shocked.” A peer told him that the elf was real and would come if you believed in Santa. The student then went around telling everyone The Elf on the Shelf was fake. 

“One of the kids called his mom,” the teacher explained. “Now his mom is mad at me and says it wasn’t my place to tell him the truth.” 

Redditors didn’t think it was the teacher’s responsibility to lie. 

“His mother needs to grow up,” a person commented

“You’re his tutor not his parent,” another said. 

“It wasn’t your place per se but apparently you’re the adult who gave him the chance to ASK in the first place, which is commendable,” a user added. 

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