I hope I’m being punked, here.
Three-year-old Hunter Spanjer is deaf. He attends a preschool in Grand Island, NE. But there seems to be a problem. When he signs his name, he uses a sign that looks like a gun — for “Hunter”, get it? I know you do.
[H]is 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,” […]
“It’s a symbol. It’s an actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E.,” Brian Spanjer said.
S.E.E. stands for Signing Exact English, Hunter’s sign language. Hunter’s name gesture is modified with crossed-fingers to show it is uniquely his own.
“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.
intelligence tolerance strikes again.