A 4-year-old boy was forced by their teacher in Oklahoma to write with their right hand despite being left-handed. The boy’s mother is upset after a letter was sent home that stated that being left-handed is “evil”, “unlucky” and often “associated with the devil.”
Alisha Sands, 30, says her son Zayde had always done everything with his left hand until she noticed him struggling to use his right hand while doing homework last week.
“I just asked if there was anything, had his teachers ever said anything about his hands and he raises this one and says, ‘this one is bad’,” Sands said while raising her left hand.
Sands sent the teacher a note and got a response back from the Oakes Elementary teacher with an article that stated left-handedness was “sinister” and that “the devil is often portrayed as left-handed.”
“It breaks my heart for him because someone actually believes that, like you believe my child is evil because he’s left-handed. It’s crazy,” Sands told KFOR News.
Sands approached the school’s superintendent explaining the situation and showing the article that was sent to her, but no discipline was taken and she was told that “she needed literature on it.”
Tony Dean, Okemah Schools Superintendent told the New York Daily News “the school is definitely looking into it. We are not just dismissing it.”