Humanity has progressed quite a lot when it comes to human rights, respect, tolerance, and the like, but there is still a ways to go as inequality and discrimination is still a thing—quite a big one, actually. And the internet has become a bit of a platform for people to share such experiences.

Shira (@shirainspired) recently went to Twitter to ask people what was the most unnecessarily ableist thing a teacher ever did to them. For those unaware, ableism means discrimination and social prejudice against a person with a disability. This is usually based on the belief that typical abilities are superior.

Image credits: shiraisinspired

A good number of people responded to her, sharing some of the most heartbreaking experiences they ever had in school.Bored Panda has compiled a list of some of these responses, which you can find, vote and comment on below.

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Busy_D
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1 month ago

As someone who had an asthma attack and could barely run the small distance to my room before almost passing out, i gotta say this is stupid

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Busy_D
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1 month ago

WHY!? SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPORTED!!!

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Busy_D
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1 month ago

I was yelled at for reading the "Harry Potter" books in second grade. I was also told i obviously don't pay attention bc i read too fast?

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Piper McLean
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1 month ago

I would report that if it was me ( then I would probably chicken out tho)

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Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

You should of had a word with her after class and tell her how degrading it was her acting like that.

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Piper McLean
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1 month ago

What a rude teacher

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Tenley Samson
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1 month ago

*smacks lips* Well SHUCKS

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Busy_D
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1 month ago

That's disgusting.

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Janelle Madison
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1 month ago

I hope you have understanding teachers now

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Piper McLean
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1 month ago

This teacher should be fired

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Busy_D
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1 month ago

My teacher yells at me for doing this too. She actually told me it was "Her time" and everyone should only be focusing on her even though she was just barely talking about random stuff to a different student.

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Busy_D
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1 month ago

The same thing happened to me last year. (History)

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Busy_D
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1 month ago

This happens more often than you think, sadly.

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Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

Disgusting

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Mimi
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1 month ago

I don’t think she was well meaning...

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Carys Dotzler
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1 month ago

That's horrible

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Busy_D
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1 month ago

Eat the garbage against your will or get in trouble is too accurate.

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Just a small town girl.
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1 month ago

Ya that right there is ridiculous!

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Busy_D
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1 month ago

This^

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Xylle Flora
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1 month ago

That teacher needs some serious help

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Busy_D
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1 month ago

There is no right way to do art. And this teacher did nothing but stunt creativity and shame kids.

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Busy_D
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1 month ago

She need to be fired.

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𝐁-𝐫𝐞𝐱
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1 month ago

'Get your ears checked' wow so creative! Well done! (Sarcasm)

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Hotrobot
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1 month ago

I feel this post so much. I was diagnosed then it was ignored, my mother years later still denied me ever being diagnosed.

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Just a small town girl.
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow! I didn't know that you could be paddled for that!

Willows
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, back then (and still in some place) left handed people are considered monsters. It’s disgusting.

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Rukkia
Community Member
1 month ago

This use to be standard practice. Not defending it.

Freddy Martin
Community Member
1 month ago

My dad was forced to use his right hand, but even now he's still good with his left hand, but he calls himself ambisinister (two left hands) instead of ambidextrous (two right hands) to denote that he's equally bad with both hands. Not meant to call left handed bad btw, just to be the opposite

Derek Clark
Community Member
1 month ago

I was made to write right handed too, they thought they could discourage it (this was early nineties) and only gave up when I couldn't keep up. No ruler hitting at least, like they did with my grandmother and mother back in school. It took a long time to get pens and scissors for left handed people.

LottieH
Community Member
1 month ago

My brother was forced to do the same too, also in the 90's, UK. It was stopped when my parents went in to school about it.

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Patrick Speers
Community Member
1 month ago

I got paddeled for writing with my left hand in kindergarten in Canada in the 1990s.

Laura Mende
Community Member
1 month ago

That was quite common in the past... Happened to my Granny in the 40's.

Owl
Community Member
1 month ago

Ok, who here is left handed? ok. NONE of you are "monsters" you are unique and one of a kind. Have a great day and stay healthy!

Kimberly Herbert
Community Member
1 month ago

My mom came home from her first day in school with a swollen back and blue hand. She was hit with a ruler for writing with the side of the devil. This was a public school in Canada. Pop had a visit with the teacher and principal and made it clear to never touch one of his kids again.

Elizabeth
Community Member
1 month ago

My mom actually asked if left handed students still got paddled before she signed me up for preschool back in the early 2000s.

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 month ago

This happened to my aunt too. It's because some old school, antiquated Christians believed that writing with your left hand means that you fell out of favor with God. Ironically enough, the strongest people in the Bible, like the warriors that went to help David, were left handed or ambidextrous.

Jean H.
Community Member
1 month ago

My Mom was abused by her catholic teachers for being left handed. She was told she had the devil in her for being left handed.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 month ago

Very common back then. My dad was also punished for the same thing.

Easily Excitable Panda
Community Member
1 month ago

I went to a religious school in the 1970s, and they 'trained' me to write with my right hand. I wasn't paddled, at least.

Kisses4Katie
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1 month ago

Smacked and called evil as a 5 year old.

Loki odinson
Community Member
1 month ago

My great grandfather was smacked on the knuckles with a ruler when he was caught writing with his left hand when he was in elementary school his mom was pissed about it and got the teacher fired for abuse he came home with his knuckles bleeding

Matthew d
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Super common in schools around the world during that time period.

Kristín Hlynsdóttir
Community Member
1 month ago

My dad was born in 1935. He was left handed and his teacher hit his hand with a ruler if he tried to write with it.

Jean Thompson
Community Member
1 month ago

Being left handed, I can't imagine anything worse!!

Jill Tremblay
Community Member
1 month ago

I have heard of this many times....

Aimee Kelley
Community Member
1 month ago

So was my mom

Aimee Kelley
Community Member
1 month ago

It was considered a sign that you were a witch

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Caroline Overill
Community Member
1 month ago

My uncle was forced to write with his right hand. They used to tie his left hand up. Weirdly I write left handed but loads of other things I do right handed.

starhunter64
Community Member
1 month ago

Oklahoma is pretty terrible when you learn more about it and its 'educational system'

Elly Essenberg
Community Member
1 month ago

Happened to me too. (in Holland)

Ronnie Beaton
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm the only left hander in my immediate family. I started school in around 1975, and I was forced to write with my right hand - until my mother found out, and read the head teacher the riot act.

Michael Henn
Community Member
1 month ago

My teacher used the wooden ruler with the metal edge every time I was caught using my left hand. I was ambidextrous and could use both hands at the same time back then. Also in a small Oklahoma town in the 50's.

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
1 month ago

Same thing for my left handed brother around 1960. The held him back a year in 1st grade.

Lynn Morello
Community Member
1 month ago

My left handed brother was threatened with the cane for writing with 'The Devils Hand'. Till dad showed up at school.

David Cumberland
Community Member
1 month ago

My third grade teacher in 1960 took a ruler to the back of my left hand because I was left handed

Toni Carroll
Community Member
1 month ago

My left hand was tied to the chair so I was forced to write with right. 1966

Lisa Whipp Myhre
Community Member
1 month ago

I had a Catholic friend ages ago that was made to write right handed because people that used their left hand were possessed by the devil.

Sue User
Community Member
1 month ago

They tied my uncle's arm to force him to use the " right" one.

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
Community Member
1 month ago

My friend's grandma also had the same experience; she was left-handed but the teacher made her write with her right hand, so now shes ambidextrous

Zoe Vokes
Community Member
1 month ago

Not surprising at all. People didn’t understand left-handedness very much in the past. They assumed it was a choice the child made.

Michaela
Community Member
1 month ago

1980s my sister was forced to change hands because the teacher didn’t know how to teach a left handed child. Ridiculous

Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
1 month ago

This happened to one of my uncles. He went to a Catholic school and the nuns tried to force him into being right handed, saying being left handed was a sign of the devil. Didn't work and that uncle is no longer with us. But I was told my grandparents were furious about it.

MalP
Community Member
1 month ago

My mom was a forced righty. This was i the 1920's. They simply would not let her use her left hand. Being raised by a single mom who traveled for work way back then didn't help. she did end up with beautiful hand writng and being fairly ambidexterous.

Péter Rózsahegyi
Community Member
1 month ago

The same happened to my Mom in the same time in Hungary :( This procedure seems to have been used in all political systems.

Jonathan English
Community Member
1 month ago

Been left handed is a sign of the devil........ Apparently

Lucy Jackson
Community Member
1 month ago

My Mum was sent to the principal for nearly the same thing and we're in the UK. She did what the teacher asked which was to make sure she could see what she was writing, but mum being left handed wrote from the edge of the page towards the margin. Teacher thought she was being a smart ass. Grandad sorted in the end though!!

Corina Elia
Community Member
1 month ago

At school in argentina, my dad had his left hand tied to his back to make him learn how to write with their right hand (around the 60s). He has terrible handwrighting and does everything else with his left hand. His mom went through the same experience before him.

Elizabeth Gatti
Community Member
1 month ago

The nuns in my grade school tried to make me write with my right hand too. I’m so left handed!

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
1 month ago

This was fairly normal at the time.

Jill Pulcifer
Community Member
1 month ago

My grandfather was the same, he wrote with his right hand and did everything else with his left.

Blue Cicada
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1 month ago

My father started kindergarten in 1943. He, too, was forced to write with his right hand. He struggled with horrible handwriting for the rest of his life. In his 50s, he was diagnosed with dyslexia. He had a masters degree in theology, although he been called lazy by many of his elementary and high school teachers.

Lorelai Purvis
Community Member
1 month ago

wha~

Keri O'Donnell
Community Member
1 month ago

That's the hand of the devil according to pastos

Not PC
Community Member
1 month ago

Catholic nuns would tie your left arm to the desk. In the 60's

Ramen
Community Member
1 month ago

now in OKC its fine

Patrick Speers
Community Member
1 month ago

I was paddled for writing with my left hand in Canada in the late 1990s

Brian in BC
Community Member
1 month ago

I was forced as a left-hander to write right-handed. No wonder penmanship was always an issue for me.

YoyoSthlm
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah. It was the same in Sweden. My grandma told me that they tied her left hand behind her back so she couldn't use it. But I always wonder now: those benches you in the US have in certain schools are only made for right handed people. How do a left handed one deal with that?

Karin Gibson
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1 month ago

That was then. Hopefully we are more thoughtful these days

Anime SImp
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1 month ago

in poland my grandfather got in troulbe for something when he was 6 (year 1950) paddled , ran all the way home and never went back to that school

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Just a small town girl.
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1 month ago

People think that we can control our ADHD but we really can't help it!

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Ratatouille
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1 month ago

dude whatttt?! wth is wrong with that teacher?

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Busy_D
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1 month ago

Shaming a student, cool.

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Gold roses
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1 month ago

Well she helped 🙃

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Piper McLean
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1 month ago

Just because someone seems lazy doesn’t mean that there isn’t something else going on. It’s hard not to think somethings like this but that’s still no reason to publicly shame someone

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