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Old 06-03-2013, 01:45 PM  
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School Says Deaf Boy's Name Sign Looks Too Much Like A Gun

School Says Deaf Boy's Name Sign Looks Too Much Like A Gun



You can’t make this stuff up. The good news: 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer, who is deaf, knows how to sign his name. The bad news: His school says his hand sign looks too much like a gun and has asked him to change it.

The school, in Grand Island, Nebraska, is forcing Hunter to change the way he signs his name, because they say his gestures violate their weapons policy. Lunacy reigns supreme, America.

Hunter’s personalized name sign is a registered sign with Signing Exact English – a modified form of American Sign Language – and involves extended index fingers that the district says resembles a gun. “We are working with the parents to come to the best solution we can for the child,” said Jack Sheard, Grand Island Public Schools spokesperson. Really, Jack? I have a suggestion: Take your heads out of your butts and allow him to use the registered sign for his name. Problem solved.

As reported by 1011now.com, Grand Island’s “Weapons in Schools” Board Policy 8470 forbids “any instrument…that looks like a weapon.” But a three year-old’s hands? Here’s Hunter’s dad, Brian:

“He’s deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy. It’s a symbol. It’s an actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E.”

Hunter’s parents say that by Monday, lawyers from the National Association of the Deaf are likely to weigh in for Hunter’s right to sign his own name.

Despite whatever rules and regulations may exist, some Grand Islanders said they don’t think it’s right to make a three year-old change the way he says his name.

“It’s his name. It’s not like he’s going to bring a gun to school when he’s three years old,” commented Dana Schwieger.

“I find it very difficult to believe that the sign language that shows his name resembles a gun in any way would even enter a child’s mind,” said Fredda Bartenbach.

First, an 8-year-old boy in Baltimore is suspended from school for allegedly chewing his Pop-Tart into the shape of a handgun. Then, a 6-year-old Massachusetts boy is forced to apologize for “traumatizing” his schoolmates on the bus by brandishing a tiny – the size of a quarter – Lego-figure gun. And now, a 3-year-old deaf child may be forced to change the only sign he knows for his name.

And all because of what? Overreaction? Politically correctness? Mass hysteria among school officials or just downright stupidity? Whatever the reason, does it really matter? The bottom line is this: This nonsense is out of control. Period. Get a grip, people.

I wonder if the sign for “get a grip” looks like an “assault” rifle?
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:48 PM   #2
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:48 PM   #3
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:55 PM   #5
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What if there is a student named Gunner? Does he have to change his name?
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Cool. See if you can find a resolution for it... I just saw it in my stream today.

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Cool. See if you can find a resolution for it... I just saw it in my stream today.

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why is a deaf kid going to school anyway. He should be sent to a labor ready camp.
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Of course this story is ridiculous, but even if it isn't the kid's name, it's against school rules for a kid to form a "gun" with his fingers because it resembles an actual weapon? Seriously??? What a bunch of knee jerk, parental hysteria, bullshit. Good lord.
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Of course this story is ridiculous, but even if it isn't the kid's name, it's against school rules for a kid to form a "gun" with his fingers because it resembles an actual weapon? Seriously??? What a bunch of knee jerk, parental hysteria, bullshit. Good lord.
No shit. It shouldn't take treading on the rights of a deaf child to point out the absurdity of these rules.
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Of course this story is ridiculous, but even if it isn't the kid's name, it's against school rules for a kid to form a "gun" with his fingers because it resembles an actual weapon? Seriously??? What a bunch of knee jerk, parental hysteria, bullshit. Good lord.
My step son was sent home from school a few years ago for pointing his finger like a gun at another kid on the playground. I think he was in 4th grade.

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