Deaf preschooler asked to change his name
Here’s a story that could go down in the “ridiculous beyond belief” file.
The Grand Island Public School system in Nebraska has asked a deaf preschooler to change his sign language name because it resembles a weapon and violates school policy.
Hunter Spanjer, 3, has registered his name with S.E.E. (Signing Exact English). When he signs it, the gesture vaguely resembles someone shooting two pistols, even though his fingers are crossed.
Come on. The kid’s name is “Hunter,” for goodness sake.
What’s worse is that other, non-deaf children can make the “real” gesture in school and not get caught unless a teacher sees them. By contrast, this represents Hunter’s identity. How can it be wrong?
School administrators are currently working on a solution with Hunter’s parents, but I tell you this: if I were his parents, I would have to sue the school. Maybe not for cash, which is in short supply in our educational system, but certainly for the right for Hunter to be himself.
After all, isn’t the poor child at enough of a disadvantage?
I sometimes have to shake my head and wonder about the world we’ve created for ourselves, my fellow humans. And I shake my head a lot!
Posted on August 28, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged commentary, current-events, Hearing impairment, musings, news, personal, perspectives, Preschool education, Sign language, Signing Exact English. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.