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:
- Furor arises over deaf boy’s name sign, which looks like a gun (omaha.com)
- Nebraska family, school at odds over deaf boy’s ‘gun-like’ sign language name (educationviews.org)
- School Board Victimizes 3-Year-Old Deaf Boy (personalliberty.com)
- Why Can’t This Young Boy Sign His Name at School? (lipreadingmom.com)