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Muslim student's letter to Santa goes viral on internet

Classroom assignment to write St. Nick says thanks for bringing everyone presents.

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A Muslim student penned this letter to Santa that thanks St. Nick for bringing so much joy to the world. It had more than 1 million views on Reddit after being posted on Dec. 12, 2012. (Reddit/Courtesy)

A Muslim student facing a uniquely challenging classroom assignment surely received an A for penning what’s become a welcome distraction in light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut.

The unidentified Grade 4 student’s teacher asked the class to write letters to Santa Claus.

That presented a problem for the student, who doesn’t celebrate Christmas.

Rather than dwell on the injustice of the homework, the student penned a heartfelt letter that started burning up social media sites like Gawker.

It has more than 1 million views on Reddit since being posted four days ago.

The assignment raised some questions about asking non-Christian students to participate in the assignment.

But the woman who posted the letter to Reddit – the teacher’s daughter – said the student accepted the task and declined any alternatives.

“To my mother’s defense I don’t think the assignment was meant to be a religious one, and the student was given other options. However, she chose to write a letter to Santa and did so adorably, so I wanted to share it with you guys,” the woman posted on Reddit.

Here is the letter in full: