Deaf 3 Year Old Named Hunter Has To Change His Name Because Signing It Violates School’s Weapons Policy
1011 Now – Hunter Spanjer says his name with a certain special hand gesture, but at just three and a half years old, he may have to change it. “He’s deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy,” explained Hunter’s father, Brian Spanjer. Grand Island’s “Weapons in Schools” Board Policy 8470 forbids “any instrument…that looks like a weapon,” But a three year-old’s hands? “Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous. This is not threatening in any way,” said Hunter’s grandmother Janet Logue. “It’s a symbol. It’s an actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E.,” Brian Spanjer said. S.E.E. stands for Signing Exact English, Hunter’s sign language. Hunter’s name gesture is modified with crossed-fingers to show it is uniquely his own. “We are working with the parents to come to the best solution we can for the child,” said Jack Sheard, Grand Island Public Schools spokesperson. That’s just about all GIPS officials will say for now. Meantime, Hunter’s parents say that by Monday, lawyers from the National Association of the Deaf are likely to weigh in for Hunter’s right to sign his own name. Despite whatever rules and regulations may exist, some Grand Islanders we spoke with said they don’t think it’s right to make a three year-old change the way he says his name. ”It’s his name. It’s not like he’s going to bring a gun to school when he’s three years old,” commented Dana Schwieger.
You kidding me, Dana? In today’s day and age, with random shootouts happening hourly, you’re willing to guarantee Hunter’s not gonna waddle into Grand Island & go all James Holmes? Keep living in your wishful thinking bubble, bitch. It’s a warzone everywhere you go, and preschool is no different. His name is fucking HUNTER. He signs it with a six-shooter. And he’s deaf. The foreshadowing here is overwhelming. You think life is easy as a deaf 3 year old? Kid’s never heard Grover. Gets laughed at because when he tries to talk he sounds retarded. That’s about all the mental ammunition anyone needs, and gun laws looser than Lohan’s beef drapes aren’t gonna stop him from stocking up on semi-automatics & hollow tips. If I got kids at his school, I’d rather this little bastard sign his name with the jerkoff motion instead of coming in finger-guns blazing. Rather him shoot ropes all over the classroom instead of AK’s.