Oklahoma Pre-K Teacher Who Called Left-Handedness 'Evil' Resigns

| by Brendan Kelly
Zayde and Alisha SandsZayde and Alisha Sands

A Oklahoma pre-kindergarten teacher has resigned after new details emerged in controversy over remarks she made to a left-handed student. 

As previously reported by Opposing Views, a 4-year-old boy was forced to write with his right hand last week because his teacher said that left-handedness is "evil."

Mother Alisha Sands said that her son Zayde, who did everything left handed, suddenly started writing with his right hand. When asked if any of his teachers asked about his hands, he raised his left hand and told his mother, "This one's bad."

When Sands sent a note to her son's teacher, she got a very unexpected response sent home with her son in the form of a letter, titled "When Will I Know Which Hand She Will Use?" written by Dr. Donna D'Allesandro. 

“In many western cultures, right-handedness was/is considered the ‘correct’ or ‘right’ hand to use, and left-handedness was unlucky, inauspicious or frankly evil," the letter reads.

Zayde has since transferred to a new class.

Now, Superintendent Tony Dean of Okemah Public Schools says that the teacher resigned on Sept. 25. 

KFOR spoke to the family of a little girl, Alli, another student in the same teacher's class. Alli said that her teacher made her write with her right hand, even though she is left-handed, and if she didn't, she was put in the corner. 

Like Sands, Alli's family was not happy to hear this.

"She's in a classroom with a lady that's basically brought up the devil being left-handed, being sinister and evil, and I don't feel comfortable with her in that class," Alli's grandfather, Cliff Morrison, said.

Sources: KFOR, Washington Times, Opposing Views / Photo credit: KFOR