Ask your grandparents; back in the day teachers would take rulers and snap children’s hands if they tried to write using their left hand. Well it seems that in Okemah, Oklahoma (I’m guessing that town is pronounced like Cartman saying “OK, Ma”) things have not changed much in the past 70 years.
That is because a four-year-old boy named Zayde who happens to be left handed was reprimanded by his Pre-K teacher for using his left hand in class at Oakes Elementary. The teacher even sent the boy home with a letter to his mother explaining that left handedness is often “associated with evil and the devil.”
That is ridiculous! Doesn’t she know that some of the most successful people in the world are left handed including……
I knew it!!!
Zayde’s mother, Alisha Sands is also left handed; so the devil blood is hereditary (or whatever teachers in Oklahoma believe in besides genetics.) She says that the Dark Lord has always been inside her boy;
“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.”
That was until one day recently when she noticed that young Zayde was using his right hand to do his homework. When she asked if the teacher had ever said anything about his using his left hand, he raised it and said “This one is bad.” Outraged she sent a note to the teacher who then replied with a looney article that described left handed people as “unlucky, evil and sinister.”
Maybe Charles Manson was on to something when he was inspired by The Beatles.
The craziest part of this whole thing is that the school stood by the teacher. The mother showed the insane letter to the superintendent, the teacher was there to verify that she thought the parent “needed some literature on it” and yet the school did nothing. That means that in Oklahoma there is a school district that endorses the notion that left handedness is “evil and associated with the devil.” The teacher was free to go back to class and tell kids that left handed kids are spawns of Satan.
Sands says, “It breaks my heart for him because someone actually believes that, believes my child is evil because he’s left handed, it’s crazy.”
Zayde is transferring to another class at the school to get away from the left handed discrimination. However what if this is the beginning of a horror movie and the teacher is totally correct about left handed people being associated with Satan? Nobody believes her, but wherever this four –year-old goes bad stuff starts happening… We had better keep an eye on this kid. Just saying.
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