Post # 1
I just saw this shared on FB:
‘Hunter Spanjer says his name with a certain special hand gesture, but at just three and a half years old, he may have to change it.
“He’s deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy,” explained Hunter’s father, Brian Spanjer.
Grand Island’s “Weapons in Schools” Board Policy 8470 forbids “any instrument…that looks like a weapon,” But a three year-old’s hands?’
Thoughts? Personally, I think it’s ridiculous and fail to see the logic in it.
ETA: Missed this at the bottom, apparently the school released a statement, but there seems to be some unanswered questions. http://www.1011now.com/home/headlines/School-District-Says-Deaf-Student-Not-Required-to-Change-Name-167784235.html
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@SimpleGifts: According to the articles I’ve read he is a preschooler. I believe the school is a hearing school that also teaches ASL for students with hearing impairements.
Post # 6
@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
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.