Skip To Content
BuzzFeed News Home Reporting To You

A Mom Is Making National Headlines After Claiming A Teacher Called Her Son Evil For Being A Lefty

The superintendent says the issue was a misunderstanding and the teacher could have communicated her point better.

Posted on September 23, 2015, at 6:07 p.m. ET

A mom in Oklahoma is outraged after she says her 4-year-old's teacher stopped him from writing with his left hand and then sent home a brochure stating lefties have historically been considered "evil."

Alisha Sands

Alisha Sands told KFOR that she is a lefty, and her son Zayde has always favored his left hand.

KFOR / Via

But one day, she says she noticed he had switched to writing with his right hand after attending Oakes Elementary in Okemah. She asked him why, and said his answer shocked her.

"I just asked is there anything his teachers ever asked about his hands, and he raises this one and says, 'This one’s bad,'" she told KFOR.

The furious mom said she asked her son's teacher, who was not named, about what happened.

ABC News / Via

She said the teacher responded by sending a brochure that included a section that states being left-handed has been considered "unlucky, auspicious, or frankly evil." It added that being left-handed has also been associated with being "sinister."

"For example, the devil is often portrayed as left-handed," the brochure states.

The brochure, titled "When Will I Know Which Hand She Will Use," goes on to explain when children establish hand dominance.

β€œIt breaks my heart for him because someone actually believes that, believes my child is evil because he’s left-handed, it’s crazy,” Sands told KFOR.

The school's superintendent, Tony Dean, said the issue was a misunderstanding and that the teacher "messed up."

KFOR / Via

He told BuzzFeed News that the teacher doesn't hate lefties, but was just trying to inform Sands about when children establish hand dominance.

He said the teacher should have blocked out the section that says lefties were once thought to be evil.

β€œWe do not agree with that," Dean said.

He added that the school district has taken the "appropriate" disciplinary action, and that Sands met with the teacher on Wednesday to resolve the incident.