(Closed) Deaf Preschooler Forbidden Sign Language for His Own Name

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wow, I’m not even sure what to say to that.  Aside from the fact that it is compltely over the top, there are so many questions that I have that are completely glossed over.  Is this a preschool student?  Is he at a ‘hearing’ school?  I’m so confused….

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Uh…. He is three and his name is Hunter, I feel like any sign name that is reflective of his name would be against their rules. It’s his name, they can’t and shouldn’t let him change it.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Vidya:  Nice. I wonder how far into their schooling the have ASL students?  I know that he is only three now and that he isn’t a threat, but unless he would change it of his own free will, this is going to be his name sign even when he is a teen.  I’m not necessarily saying that he should have to change it, but everyone is going to use that sign to ‘say’ his name.  Even teachers.  Depending on how up in arms they are about the weapons policy and what problems they have with violence, etc in this district, I could almost see why they could be concerned.  True, the kids might not even think anything of it, but hmmm not really sure what the right answer is.  I almost feel like when you commit to saying, it’s his name, it is completely outrageous that he change it, you could almost argue that a hearing child with an offensive word for a name must also be able to use it in school. 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m guessing this has been blown out of proportion, and someone has run to the press too soon. I can’t find any statement from the school that he has to change his name, quite the opposite.

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