School Won't Let Deaf 3-Year-Old Sign His Own Name Because It Looks Like "Weapons"Monica Bielanko
Oh, for God’s sake!
I don’t think I can take another one of these stories wherein some lame school official has the school’s policy shoved so far up their own ass that every time they speak they spit protocol.
First the 9-year-old boy who was suspended for telling a friend he thought the substitute teacher was cute. The principal deemed it sexual harassment and promptly suspended the kid.
There was the kindergartener who had a tantrum so the principal called the police who ultimately cuffed and arrested the 6-year-old and took her down to the station.
Then there was the girl who shared her asthma inhaler with a friend who was dying and got expelled.
Remember the boy with cerebral palsy who was kicked out of the pool for wearing floaties? I believe the cops were called in that case too. On a little boy. With cerebral palsy. Because pool policy states no floaties.
This time as the NY Daily News reports, a Nebraska school district wants a 3-year-old deaf boy to change the way he signs his name because they say the gesture makes his hands look like weapons.
As local news station KOLN reports, the school has a policy that forbids kids having “any instrument that resembles weapons”.
That includes, apparently, 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer’s chubby little fingers. His mom says he signs his name by crossing his index finger and middle finger and then wagging his hands, which the school says is not appropriate. They want him to change the way he signs his name.
“It’s a symbol,” his father, Brian Spanjer, tells KOLN. “It’s an actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E.,” or Signing Exact English, a sign language system.
District spokesman, Jack Sheard tells the Daily News the name gesture was “not an appropriate thing to do in school,” and administrators were asking Hunter to spell his name out, letter-by-letter, instead of using the sign.
But anyone familiar with sign language knows that both the letter G and H resemble finger guns. If Hunter signs the letter H it’s pretty much the same thing as he was doing earlier, just without the crossed fingers.
Semantics aside, the whole thing is ridiculous.
“We want to do what is best for every student in our district, and we care more about that than everything else,” Sheard said. “We are working with the parents to find the best solution we can.”
The best thing you can do, Mr. Sheard, is leave Hunter alone! And maybe teach the whole school how to sign his name so they can say hello to him.
You can see the adorable boy and his dangerous fingers in the news clip below:
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