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  1. Egrayj

    Egrayj said, about 12 hours ago

    Nuns in Newport, RI broke the fingers on my first mother-in-law’s left hand to make her write right-handed. That was back in the late 1920’s when they could get away with such things.

  2. chithing

    chithing GoComics PRO Member said, about 12 hours ago

    @Egrayj

    How sinister!

  3. Darsan54

    Darsan54 said, about 11 hours ago

    Lucked out. I only knew the nice nuns.

  4. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, about 11 hours ago

    My father was similarly forced to write right-handed (he’s actually ambidextrous). He forced my brothers (my sisters and I are naturally right-handed). When my older daughter started showing left-handed-ness, my mother told me that I should “make” her write with her right hand. Needless to say, my daughter is 12 now…and a proud leftie.

  5. Robin Stephens

    Robin Stephens said, about 8 hours ago

    I used to get the ruler to the back of my hand for writing left-handed. :P

  6. Michael C. Cordell

    Michael C. Cordell GoComics PRO Member said, about 7 hours ago

    @chithing

    Ha! I saw what you did there. :-)

  7. eccolibri60

    eccolibri60 GoComics PRO Member said, about 7 hours ago

    I hope those nuns are made to write left-handed for all of eternity.

  8. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, about 7 hours ago

    I went to a Christian school not a Catholic one. We did have the strap and teachers more than willing to use it. Looking back , I can’t believe some of the things we were punished for. Someone threw out a Christmas tree, and a friend and I pretended it was a dragon and hit it with sticks. We got the strap for that.

  9. The UnBeliever

    The UnBeliever said, about 7 hours ago

    @Bruno Zeigerts

    That was just to correct a gap in your education. Everyone knows dragons look like windmills.

  10. luvdafuneez

    luvdafuneez GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 hours ago

    @Egrayj

    Same thing happened to my Mom (didn’t break her fingers, tho).

  11. Old Texan75

    Old Texan75 said, about 4 hours ago

    I went to school in West Texas in the late 1940s, early 1950s. In the first grade I had to sit on my left hand and write right handed.
    The few Mexicans who managed to get into school were beaten (not whipped) if they were overheard speaking Spanish. I remember we had a story where a character was named Pedro. My Mom taught me the correct Spanish pronunciation.
    The next day the teacher called it Peeedro. I was terrified that I would accidently pronounce in correctly, as I was afraid I would get a beating. The coach always did the honors and the paddle was almost always a 2×4 with holes drilled in it. Administered in front of the class.

  12. Old Texan75

    Old Texan75 said, about 4 hours ago

    Don’t blather to me about the “good ol’ days”, I know better.

  13. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, 14 minutes ago

    Bah! I had the good nuns all through grammar school; I was and am proudly left-handed. That was never a problem. I can’t even recall a knuckle-rap, though there may have been a threat of such….

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