Thumb-sucking in high school

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  1. Caesar753

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    How often do you see this?
     
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    I have seen it quite a bit with black females. I don't know why that is, but those are the only ones I've ever had who still suck their thumb at 16 years old.
     
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    I have never seen it so far.
     
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    This is my experience as well.
     
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    Also confirmed.
     
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    Have never seen it.
     
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    I haven't seen it as a teacher, but I saw it a lot with black females when I was in high school.
     
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    :(
     
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    OK, now I'm curious about the black female thing... any rationale as to why??
     
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    I've had one or two kids over the years.
     
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    I've had some every year, both male and female black students.
     
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    My only thumb-sucker at middle school was a 14 year old black male. He sucked his thumb when he was concentrating really hard.
     
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    I don't teach high school, but I also see it with my black females.
     
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    I just read the responses to this post and it made me go, "Huh?" I can remember for a time when I was younger (late elementary/junior high) my mother sucking her thumb for a time. She would probably kill me if she knew I was sharing this in a forum. She is a black female.
     
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    I googled to see if there was research...a few of the resulting sites had extremely racist comments.:(
     
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    I sucked my thumb until I was 27 (when my daughter was born). My Dr as a child always told my mom I wouldn't go off to college sucking my thumb. :lol:

    But I stopped doing it at school when I was 7. Once the teachers stopped having us put our heads down on our desks as punishment. And because I was getting teased.

    I am a white female.

    I never thought of it as a racial thing.
     
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    I don't "think" of it as a racial thing. It just happens to be my experience that young black girls are the only ones I've ever seen suck their thumb in high school.
     
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    I've not taught high school so I don't have any experience with students sucking their thumbs at that age, but I did attend high school with two kids who did. They were brother and sister, and although I wouldn't have thought this mattered, black. They are both college graduates and very successful now so other than perhaps affecting their dental health, it didn't hold them back.

    I did think it was strange as a high school student though.
     
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    When I taught high school I cam across three in my own classes and one when I proctored PSSA testing in other rooms. Of the four, three were female and one was male, all black (about 80% of my students were black). With the male it was super common, like every day for at least 40 min of the 80 min block. With the two females it was once in a while generally during testing (and like I said the third female I only saw her during testing). I'm now in elementary and one of my fifth graders did it during some testing last year too.
     
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    Interesting. Only one student, a black male.
     
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    I did in high school... (my middle and ring finger from birth). At school a little in 9th grade then not at school but at home. Tried everything to stop but couldn't. Then, got my first job and wanted braces but knew I had to stop to get them ( and didn't want to wast my $ on them and still be sucking) it just clicked one day and I stopped finally. Got braces my junior year lol
    Black female here:thumb:
     
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    The only student I had who sucked their thumb was a black female.

    Then again, I sucked my thumb until I got braces at age 11. I'm white.
     

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