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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Nebraska School: Change Pre-K Child's Sign Language Name Because Looks Like Gun

Now, doesn't this look like school authorities should be worrying about more serious issues, than how a deaf child wishes to sign his name?

Ron Recinto in The Lookout, also posted in Yahoo News:
School asks deaf preschooler to change his sign language name
By Ron Recinto | The Lookout – Tue, Aug 28, 2012

Three-and-a-half year old Hunter Spanjer, who is deaf, signs his name by crossing his forefinger and index finger and moving his hand up and down.

To his family, friends and those who know the Signing Exact English (S.E.E.) language that the Grand Island, Neb., boy uses, that gesture uniquely means "Hunter Spanjer."

But to Hunter's school district, it might mean something else. The district claims that it violates a rule that forbids anything in the school that looks like a weapon, reports KOLN-TV.

And Hunter's parents claim that Grand Island Public Schools administrators have asked them to change their son's sign language name.

"Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous," Hunter's grandmother Janet Logue told the TV station. "This is not threatening in any way."

Hunter's father Brian Spanjer said, "It's a symbol. It's an actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E."

The family told KOLN that lawyers from the National Association of the Deaf may push for Hunter's right to sign his name at the school.
Doesn't the child have enough difficulties already?

Read the conclusion of the story at School asks deaf preschooler to change his sign language name in Yahoo News.

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