A high school teacher in New Mexico admitted to Rio Rancho district officials that he told a black student he couldn't be Saint Nick because Santa is white.
Michael Rougier, the father of the student, says his son, Christopher, had worn a Santa mask to class when he was challenged by the teacher. The teacher has not been identified.
The man says he called the school's principal but was initially brushed off and ignored. He says the teacher did call his home and apologized.
According to the Rio Rancho School District, the teacher self reported the incident to the principal and has again apologized for his behavior. District leaders say appropriate disciplinary actions have been taken. It's unclear what actions were taken. The teacher still works at the high school. The boy's father wants him fired.