The Secret Deafie: The day in school when I copied what the boy next to me was writing

Posted on October 6, 2014



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When I was 5, back before I wore hearing aids, I got moved into another class for reasons I don’t know.

Anyway when I got to the new class the teacher was in the front of the class far from where I was seated she said something.

“GHgddgd DSFdsgsdsdg DFsfdsfds.”

All I saw is her lips moving and heard her voice.

Suddenly everyone started writing something down.

At this stage I am puzzled wondering what people writing about. So what I did was copy what the kid next to me wrote.

That kid said something. The teacher then came to me picked up my paper.

With an annoyed tone she read out to the class what I wrote. The class laughed.

Turns out I wrote the name of the guy next to me! (A name I hadnt heard of before!).

The teacher put me back into my original class. Both of these teachers didnt want to teach me. Eventually I moved school.

I am not sure if the teachers knew that I was profoundly deaf. Even if they did not that not the right way to treat a kid.

The Secret Deafie is a regular column about deaf experiences submitted anonymously by different contributors. If you have a story you’d like to tell, just email thelimpingchicken@gmail.com

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