A Pre-K teacher in Oklahoma is in hot water after a mother says the teacher forced her son to write with his right hand, despite the child being left-handed, according to KFOR.
Alisha Sands said that her son Zayde was sent home with a letter from the teacher about how left-handedness is often associated with the devil and other sinister things.
Zayde, like most other 4-year-olds, is learning to read and write.
Sands said Zayde, like her, has always been left-handed:
From picking things up to throwing things, to batting, to writing to just coloring, you'd do it at home with him, he's always, always used his left hand.
He's not alone -- Scientific American estimates that 15 percent of people in the world are also lefties. It may not be a very large percentage, but that is still a significant number of people.
However, last week Alisha noticed that Zayde was doing his homework with his right hand instead of his left. She asked her son if his teachers ever said anything about him writing with his hands:
And he raises [his left] one and says this one's bad.
Surprised at her son's answer to her question, Sands says she wrote the teacher a note. She was shocked when she received the teacher's response.
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The teacher sent the mother an article, which called left-handedness "unlucky," "sinister," and even "evil."
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Alisha said she went straight to the school's superintendent about the article, but hardly anything was done to reprimand the teacher:
There was no suspension of any kind. There was basically nothing done to this teacher...She told them she thought I needed literature on it.
Even though it is only Zayde's first year of school at Oakes Elementary in Okemah, Oklahoma, the mother decided to keep him home from school on Monday. And although it is two months into the school year, she said Zayde will likely transfer into another class because of the incident:
I don't feel like the school did what they were supposed to do for him.
Sands is planning to file a formal complaint with the Oklahoma Board of Education. When asked for comment, the Oakes Elementary principal told KFOR that she is aware of the incident and the district is investigating the situation, but refused to answer any more questions.
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