Miami Heat reaches out to left-handed Oklahoma boy allegedly forced to use right hand

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OKEMAH, Okla. – After a left-handed child was allegedly forced to use his right hand in class, his story is receiving national attention.

Alisha Sands says she noticed her 4-year-old son, Zayde, was using his right hand to do his homework from his pre-k class at Okemah Oakes Elementary.

“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 told KFOR .

She was shocked when she asked Zayde why he had suddenly switched hands.

“I just asked ‘Is there anything his teacher’s ever asked about his hands?’ And he raises this one and says, ‘This one’s bad,” Sands said.

After sending a note to the teacher, Sands says she received an article from Zayde’s teacher. In the article, she says it associates left-handedness with being “evil,”

On Wednesday, the district’s superintendent says he doesn’t feel that Zayde’s teacher tried to make him write with his right hand, but admits the article being sent home crossed a line.

Zayde’s story gained national attention and support from a few high-profile athletes.

“Zayde, what’s going on, man? I hope you’re doing well in school. I hope your left hand is doing well. I just want to tell you that you have a bright future ahead of you. Don’t let anybody tell you different. I’m left-handed and I don’t have any horns on me, so remember that. Left-handers are the best. Good luck Zayde!” Chris Bosh, a center for the Miami Heat, said.

“What’s up, Zayde, man? Justise Winslow here. I heard what happened to you at school, man, but keep your head up. I’m left-handed just like you and it’s a good thing, it’s a fun thing. It makes life a lot of fun, so I’m sorry what happened but keep your head up, man. There’s a lot of left-handers out there, but just keep working hard and having fun. Left-handers have a blessed life. My prayers are with you and I hope everything is good,” said Justise Winslow, shooting guard for the Miami Heat.

“Zayde, what’s going on? This is Tyler Johnson from the Miami Heat. I just heard about what happened to you at school and I just wanted to let you know that there’s nothing wrong with being left-handed. I, myself, am left-handed and you see where I am today, so it doesn’t make you any different than anybody else. All it is is that you use a different hand, so stay positive and don’t let anybody tell you that you’re bad or different for being left-handed,” said Tyler Johnson, shooting guard for the Miami Heat.