By Madison Ruppert | End the Lie
The insanity of the American public school system surfaces once again in a way that makes the censoring of innocuous topics on exams in New Yorkseem almost reasonable.
Now a three and a half year old deaf preschooler named Hunter Spanjer has been told that he may actually have to change the sign for his name, which is an actual registered sign through Signing Exact English (SEE).
The Grand Island Public School (GIPS) system in Grand Island, Nebraska has a “Weapons in Schools” policy, Board Policy 8470, which forbids “any instrument … that looks like a weapon,” and apparently this includes the hands of a preschooler.
“He’s deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy,” said Brian Spanjer, Hunter’s father, to local news outlet 1011 Now.
“Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous,” said Janet Logue, Hunter’s grandmother. “This is not threatening in any way”
The most absurd aspect of this situation is that the sign for Hunter’s name is actually a registered sign with SEE, which means that it is not some made up weapon-like gesture (if such a thing exists) he made up.
Then again, when people are actually arrested for pointing a finger at police, I guess it’s not all too shocking to see something like this.
To make matters even worse, Hunter’s name gesture is modified with cross-fingers, thus making it uniquely his own personal name sign.
Jack Sheard, a spokesperson for the Grand Island Public Schools system, said that they will work with Hunter and his family but this indicates that they won’t just drop it.
“We are working with the parents to come to the best solution we can for the child,” Sheard said.