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    Hunter Spanjer, 3-Year-Old Deaf Boy, Told By Preschool To Change Way He Signs His Name (VIDEO)

    Video that shows the sign at the link.

    In a move blasted by rights groups, a 3-year-old-deaf boy has been told by his Nebraska school district to change the way he signs his name because the gesture resembles shooting a gun.


    Hunter Spanjer uses the standard S.E.E., Signing Exact English. He crosses his index and middle fingers and waves them slightly to signify his name. And, Grand Island Public Schools' policy forbids any "instrument" that "looks like a weapon," reported NCN (see video above).


    While crossing his fingers is a slight modification to the standard gesture, one meant to give it the personal touch, according to NCN, Hunter's family is outraged by the district's reaction.


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


    Hunter's dad, Brian Spanjer, told The Huffington Post on Tuesday: "I feel like it was an overreach on their part and I expected a lot better from the local school district."


    Spanjer posted a letter on Facebook that the ACLU sent to the district "politely" asking it to reconsider policy.


    Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, told HuffPost his organization was prepared to assist the Spanjers with legal action if necessary. "A name sign is the equivalent of a person's name, and to prohibit a name sign is to prohibit a person's name," he wrote in an email.



    A district spokesman told the Nebraska station the school was trying to come to the best solution for preschooler Hunter. The Huffington Post left a message with the district for comment early Tuesday.


    Brian Spanjer has begun a Facebook page devoted to protesting the school's action. "Absolute madness and blatant disability discrimination," wrote Sheryl Booth.


    Blogs have taken up Hunter's cause as well. A commenter on Lenore Skenazy's site Free-Range Kids asked, "Whatever happened to common sense and shared humanity, not to mention respecting the dignity of a 3 year old and his family?"


    Hunter signs his name by crossing his middle and index fingers? leaving his thumbs up? and then wagging his hands.

    Thoughts? Is this school going too far in their "no weapon or weapon-like thing" policy? Or should they enforce it across the board for anything they believe signifies a weapon?
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    Yuck.

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    Ridiculous. They should be ashamed of themselves. What kind of people come up with this stuff?
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    Crazy.

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    Yeah, this seems offensively idiotic to me. It's his freaking name. I can't believe anyone in their right mind would think that "changing it" is even an option.
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    This gets a big ole HELL NO!

    His name is Hunter? But the issue is how he signs his name? Ummm...

    Yeah, talk about over-reaching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    Yeah, this seems offensively idiotic to me. It's his freaking name. I can't believe anyone in their right mind would think that "changing it" is even an option.
    Not defending but they aren't asking him to change his name, just his name sign.

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    Yeah...big fat no to that district.

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    In Deaf culture, that is the same thing. A Deaf child is given a sign name that is much thought over. They are given that sign name, and have that same sign name for the rest of their life unless they change it when they get married or other major life changing event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    In Deaf culture, that is the same thing. A Deaf child is given a sign name that is much thought over. They are given that sign name, and have that same sign name for the rest of their life unless they change it when they get married or other major life changing event.
    ^ This!

    They are way over reaching and out of line.
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