Fun Faculty Fact Friday: Mr. August is color blind

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Juliana Carbone and Lauren Mullen

Mr. August is a math teacher and offensive coordinator for the football team here at BPHS. He has the type red-green color blindness.

He first discovered this at age eight when he dropped a red pocket knife into his green grass and couldn’t find it. He knows the colors red and green; however, he sees them as a grayish, brown color.

When asked if it affects his day-to-day life, he said, “The horizontal stop lights are a disaster for me.” If he has to go through one, he said, “I hope that there is another car I can follow.”

We asked him if it affected his coaching, he said, “Mr. DeLallo likes to mess with me and draw the plays, on the play cards, in red and green. Then asks if I can read them.”

Mr. August told us that it is commonly hereditary and that it is more common for boys to retract the trait than girls. In fact, 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women have color blindness.

He is convinced that his dad has it, but he will never admit it to anyone. He hopes that his daughters won’t have it, but it is too early to be tested for it now.

To learn more about color blindness and to test your own eyes for color blindness, click here.

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