Everyone knows the adage, “Kids say the darnedest things.” If there’s a thought in a kid’s head, you can almost guarantee it’s going to slip out of their mouths sooner or later. Such was the case when a bodily function – a dreaded fart – slipped out of a first-grade deaf student.
He and the rest of his deaf classmates learned passing gas was audible to the hearing world that day. Fortunately, the students’ teacher detailed the hilarity inside her classroom that afternoon online…
The teacher posted a detailed account of the class’ conversation, which was later shared by Anna Lind Thomas on Facebook. Passing gas is a life lesson that’s already hard to grasp as a child – add a loss of hearing, and the concept is nearly impossible to comprehend!
“Today in 1st grade, one of my Deaf students farted loudly in class and the other students turned to look at them. The following is a snippet of a 15 minute conversations that happened entire in American Sign Language among the group of Deaf students and I.*
Kid 1: Why are they looking at me?
Me: Because they heard you fart.
Kid 1: Whhhhat do you mean?!?!
Me: Hearing people can hear farts.
Kid 2: *Totally horrified* Wait, they can hear all farts?!”
The confusion continued:
“Me: Well no. Not all farts but some of them yes.
Kid 3: How do you know which farts they can hear and which farts they can’t?
Me: Hmmm … you know how sometimes you can feel your butt move when you fart? A lot of those they can hear. But if your butt doesn’t move it’s more likely they didn’t hear it.
Kid 1: TELL THEM TO STOP LISTENING TO MY FARTS! THAT IS NOT NICE!
Me: Hearing kids can’t stop hearing farts, it just happens.”
That’s when a novel idea struck the student – they were going to stop tooting altogether!
“Kid 2: I just will stop farting then.
Me: Everyone farts, it is healthy. You can’t stop.
Kid 3: Wait, everyone? Even my mom?
Kid 2: My Dad?
Kid 1: …. You?
Kids: *Laugh hysterically*
Kid 1: So you can hear and small all the farts?
Me: Some of the farts, yes. Not all of them.
Kid 2: Can hearing people see farts?”
After years of training and thousands of dollars spent on her schooling, Mrs. Anna was talking to her students about passing gas.
“Kid 3: Yeah. Green smoke comes out of their butt, I saw it on TV.
Me: That doesn’t happen in real life.
Kid 1: What?! Ugh, I don’t understand farts.
… I went to college for 8 years to have these conversations.”