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Dexys Midnight Runners singer reveals ‘barbaric’ teachers beat him because he had dyslexia


CULT 1980s singer Kevin Rowland revealed he was beaten by his teachers because he had dyslexia.

The Dexys Midnight Runners frontman has told of “barbaric” treatment inflicted at school and his troubled youth.

Rowland, who had No1 hits with Geno and Come On Eileen, was arrested four times as a teen and insisted a Catholic upbringing meant he disrespected girls who had sex.

The musician, 67, said he was “often hit with a strap” because his writing and reading disability meant that he could not understand teachers.

Rowland told The Big Issue mag: "I left school at 15 thinking I was a complete failure.

"If the word dyslexic existed, I'd never heard it. You were just stupid.

"And if you didn't get what they were saying, they would hit you. It was so barbaric at school.

"I didn't feel let down or misunderstood because I didn't think I had the right to feel like that. But I often got hit with a strap."

He continued: "My younger self couldn't offer much in a world where he had given up on his dreams. I was so screwed up."

Rowland also revealed he was arrested four times before he finished school for "trying door handles" and stealing a scooter.

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