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: