Oklahoma Pre-K teacher allegedly calls being left-handed ‘evil’ and ‘sinister’

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OKEMAH, Oklahoma -- A four-year-old was allegedly forced by his teacher to write with his right hand, even though he’s left-handed.

According to KFOR, the child was sent home with a letter about how left-handedness is often associated with evil and the devil.

Zayde is only four years old.

It's his first year at Oakes Elementary in Okemah, but his mom kept him home Monday, September 21st after a dispute with his teacher over being left-handed.

Zayde, like most kids in Pre-K, is learning how to read and write. And like his mom, Alisha, Zayde is a lefty.

“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,” Alisha Sands said.

That was until last week at homework time.

Alisha asked him why he was writing with his right hand, not his left.

“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.

Alisha sent the teacher a note and got a strong response.

It was an article calling left-handedness “unlucky,” “evil,” and “sinister.”

It even says “for example, the devil is often portrayed as left-handed.”

Alisha couldn’t believe it.

“It breaks my heart for him because someone actually believes that, believes my child is evil because he’s left-handed. It’s crazy,” Sands said.

She went to the superintendent with the article.

“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,' Sands said.

Zayde will likely transfer to another class just two months into the school year.

“I don’t feel like the school did what they were supposed to for him,” Sands said.

NewsChannel 4 called the school and were told the superintendent was out Monday, so they transferred the KFOR crew to the principal at Oakes Elementary. She said she’s aware of the situation and the district is investigating. She hung up before any questions could be asked.

Meanwhile, Sands is going to file a formal complaint with the Oklahoma Board of Education.


  • zek

    same thing happened to me in school. But my father went to school and raised hell with the teacher and principal. No teacher ever tryed to change me after that.

  • Nelson Robison

    In the Dark Ages up to and including the 1800’s left handedness was considered by people who were religionists, evil and contenmptible. Anyone who showed a proclivity for left handedness could be beaten within an inch of their life to change and become right handed.
    I thought that this was gone from our educational system, frankly this teacher is completely bonkers and needs more education in the sciences especially neurology, so that she can learn about the idea of handedness.

    • Dave P.

      It wasn’t a “religionist” thing, but a cultural practice. The Bible actually praises the exploits of a lefthander (Judges 3:12-30). And lefthandedness had its defenders through the ages, the most notable being Benjamin Franklin.

      Wherever the setting, were I that child’s father, I’d be demanding that teacher’s head on a platter, as both my wife and I are lefthanded.

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