An Oklahoma mother is furious that her four year old son was punished because he is left handed.
The teacher claimed that her son was “evil” for being left-handed and was allegedly forced to write with his right hand
The young child was also sent home with a letter about how left-handedness is often associated with evil and the devil.
The mother, who is also left-handed, says that she noticed her son trying to write with his right hand and not his left last week.
‘I just asked ‘Is there anything his teachers ever asked about his hands?’ And he raises this one and says this one’s bad,’ she told Kfor, referring to her son’s left hand.
According to Kfor:
It’s his first year at Oakes Elementary in Okemah, but his mom kept him home Monday after a dispute with his teacher over being left-handed.
Zayde, like most kids in Pre-K, is learning how to read and write. And like his mom, Alisha, Zayde is a lefty.
“From picking things up to throwing things, to batting, to writing, to just coloring you’d do at home with him, he’s always, always used his left hand,” Alisha Sands said.
That was until last week at homework time.
Alisha asked him why he was writing with his right hand, not his left.
“I just asked ‘Is there anything his teachers ever asked about his hands?’ And he raises this one and says this one’s bad,” Sands said.
Alisha sent the teacher a note and got a strong response.
It was an article calling left-handedness “unlucky,” “evil,” and “sinister.”
It even says “for example, the devil is often portrayed as left-handed.”
Alisha couldn’t believe it.
“It breaks my heart for him because someone actually believes that, believes my child is evil because he’s left handed, it’s crazy,” Sands said.
She went to the superintendent with the article.
“There was no suspension of any kind. There was basically nothing done to this teacher,” Sands says, “She told them she thought I needed literature on it.”
Sands told KFOR that she will likely have her son transfer to a different class, just two months into the school year. She also plans to file a formal complaint with the state’s Board of Education.
“I don’t feel like the school did what they were supposed to for him,” she said.
Sands also says no discipline against the teacher has been taken
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