An unbelievable incident took place at the now-closed
Clarke School for the Deaf in the early sixties.
A deaf mother of two sons, herself quite active with the
school alumni association, was confronted by an
angry librarian. This angry person slapped the deaf
mother hard on the face – in full view of many people
milling around on the campus.
What was the deaf mother’s crime? She “allowed”
her deaf sons to enroll at Gallaudet!
Allowed? The two deaf boys wanted to enroll at
Gallaudet and the mother would not stand in their
way. This was what made the librarian angry.
Both sons, by the way, are Gallaudet graduates,
and fluent ASL users.