Three year old asked to stop signing name because it looks like a gun
A deaf preschooler in Grand Island, Nebraska, has been prohibited from signing his own name because school administrators believe the gesture he uses looks too much like a gun.
Parents in Grand Island, Nebraska are upset because a deaf three year old has been asked to stop signing his name because the school administrators say that his hand gesture resemble a dangerous weapon.
Hunter Spanjer’s father Brian told reporters, “He’s deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy.”
Hunter uses Signing Exact English or SEE — a form of manual communication that uses modified ASL handshapes in an effort to better mimic the spoken English language.
The pre-school, which as a zero-tolerance policy toward “any instrument…that looks like a weapon,” have said they are working with the parents on a compromise.
“This is not threatening in any way,” said Hunter’s grandmother, speaking to the news outlet channel 10/11. “Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous.”