29 Aug '12, 5am

Deaf Child’s Sign For His Name Violates Gun Policy, Says School District

Deaf Child’s Sign For His Name Violates Gun Policy, Says School District

It’s a case that exemplifies doing the wrong thing in the name of doing the right thing. Hunter Spanjer is 3 1/2 years old and lives in Grand Island, Nebraska. As KOLN reports, Hunter is deaf and uses a special sign for his name. But the public school district where he attends preschool wants him to change it because the sign (says the school district) violates its weapons policy. Indeed, the school district is saying that, when Hunter uses the signs, he is violating Grand Island’s “Weapons in Schools” Board Policy 8470 which forbids “any instrument…that looks like a weapon.” Hunter signs his name by “crossing his index finger and middle finger and then wagging his hands, which the school says is not appropriate.” School spokesman Jack Sheard tell the New York Daily News that they are teaching Hunter to spell out his name letter by letter rather than using the sign. “We wa...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/deaf-childs-sign-for-his-name...

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