An Oklahoma mother is outraged after learning her left-handed son was forced to write with his right hand because the teacher told him that left-handedness is “evil.”
Alisha Sands says her 4-year-old son, Zayde, did everything with his left hand.
“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,” Sands told KFOR.
Last week, during homework time, Sands noticed her son was writing with his right hand.
“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.
The concerned mother sent the teacher a letter and got an unexpected response: an article written by Dr. Donna D’Allesandro calling left handedness “unlucky,” “sinister,” and “evil.”
The article stated:
“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 word ‘sinister,’ meaning left-sided, derives from various sources as early as the 15th century. There are numerous instances of left-handedness being associated with wickedness. For example, the devil is often portrayed as left-handed, and people throw salt over their left shoulder to ward off the evil spirits that dwell there.”
Sands, who is also left-handed, was shocked.
“It breaks my heart for him because someone actually believes that, believes my child is evil because he’s left handed, it’s crazy,” she said.
Sands went to the superintendent at Oakes Elementary in Okemah, Oklahoma, to report the article, but didn’t get the reaction she was hoping for.
“There was no suspension of any kind,” Sands said. “There was basically nothing done to this teacher. She told them she thought I needed literature on it.”
Sands kept Zayde home from school on Monday and said she will most likely transfer him to another class.
“I don’t feel like the school did what they were supposed to for him,” Sands said.
The news station spoke briefly with the school’s principal, who said she was aware of the situation and that the district is investigating it. Sands said she will be filing a formal complaint with the Oklahoma Board of Education.