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

Sign Language
Hunter Spanjer signing his name — threatening or not?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/hunter-spanjer-3-year-old_n_1836159.html#slide=more245952

This story originally appeared in the Huffington Post, and was brought to my attention by HEARD. The article contains a video which is not captioned, but you can read the story as well.

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.

Apparently, the boy’s name in Sign looks somehow similar to a weapon – although I can’t quite imagine how.

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.

You can read the rest of this story at Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/hunter-spanjer-3-year-old_n_1836159.html#slide=more245952

Learning sign language
Learning sign language (Photo credit: daveynin)

 

 

2 thoughts on “Hunter Spanjer, 3-Year-Old Deaf Boy, Told By Preschool To Change Way He Signs His Name (VIDEO) – From Huffington Post

  1. Years ago, a friend traveled to New Zealand. There he was, in a local pub, when one of the natives challenged him as not being an American. “Sure I am,” said my friend. “Well,” said the native, “if you’re an American, where’s your gun?”

    I never forgot that story.

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