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Zero Tolerance for Deaf Child’s Name
The Education Reporter ^ | December 2012 | The Education Reporter

Posted on 02/04/2013 1:13:25 PM PST by Academiadotorg

Parents of a deaf child named Hunter were told by his Nebraska public preschool that they must change his name because he was in violation of the school district’s weapons policy. To sign his name, the three-year-old crosses his index and middle fingers then wags his hands. This sign apparently appeared to school officials to represent a gun.

Grand Island Public Schools’ policy section 8470 — Weapons in Schools states: “Students are forbidden to knowingly and voluntarily possess, handle, transmit or use any instrument in school, on school grounds or at school functions that is a firearm, weapon, or looks like a weapon. . . .”

Hunter Spanjer’s family has chosen to use Signing Exact English (SEE) as their preferred means of communicating with Hunter, but he is also learning American Sign Language (ASL). At one point, the school seemed to imply that Hunter’s parents had made a mistake by choosing SEE and that they should change to the district-preferred ASL. A district spokesman said, “The school district teaches American Sign Language (ASL) for students with hearing impairments. ASL is recommended by the Nebraska Department of Education and is widely used in the United States.”

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TOPICS: Books/Literature; Education; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: alternateuniverse; deaf; gunlaws; hunter; idiots; leftuniverse; nebraska; old; signlanguage; zerotolerance

1 posted on 02/04/2013 1:13:28 PM PST by Academiadotorg
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To: Academiadotorg

stupidity has no limits......


2 posted on 02/04/2013 1:16:24 PM PST by FeliciaCat (I like my money where I can see it...hanging in my closet.)
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To: Academiadotorg
They should change his name to "SchoolAdministratorsMustHang".

/johnny

3 posted on 02/04/2013 1:16:48 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Academiadotorg

...and all these years I thought people in Nebraska were intelligent.........


4 posted on 02/04/2013 1:18:14 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Academiadotorg

Welcome to Nebraskistan.


5 posted on 02/04/2013 1:19:33 PM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: JRandomFreeper

....or ‘My Teacher is a MORON’...........


6 posted on 02/04/2013 1:20:37 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Academiadotorg

Fingers don’t look like a gun.
What this is the attempt by the schools to punish the thought of a gun.
They expel kids for holding their fingers in what they say is a “gun” shape.
So if someone named Gunilla comes to school will they expel her for saying “gun”?

Madness.


7 posted on 02/04/2013 1:26:41 PM PST by I want the USA back (Liberalism is an incurable failure of the mind's ability to think rationally.)
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To: Academiadotorg

“In a recent Facebook update Hunter’s grandmother indicated that the preschool has decided to let Hunter use his SEE name sign.”


8 posted on 02/04/2013 1:35:56 PM PST by FewsOrange
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To: Academiadotorg

If they change his name to Mohammed, they’ll leave him alone.


9 posted on 02/04/2013 1:38:10 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Academiadotorg

This is a spoof isn’t it?

Kind of like the “Old Gunny” was getting his new replacements and some baby faced kid, when asked “What is your name Marine?” “John SIR”...the Gunny goes “Don’t call me sir here and in the Corps we go by last names. First names are not to be used. NOW What is your name Marine?”
“Darling, John Darling”.
“Well John, lets see about getting you an assignment”.


10 posted on 02/04/2013 1:39:24 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Academiadotorg

Soon it will be illegal for students to have index and middle fingers.

Next, synonyms to guns, weapons and firearms will be deleted from text books. Learning history will be interesting: The civil war was fought with lupins.

Are teachers SO Stupid that a name is in violation of a weapon’s policy?!!
What will happen to the children who live in Fishkill or Westkill? Will they have to move or the towns have to change their names?

(ps: “kill” is a Dutch word for creek)


11 posted on 02/04/2013 1:41:11 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Academiadotorg

I am appropriately outraged! What do I win?


12 posted on 02/04/2013 1:42:24 PM PST by Vladiator
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

Animal rights activists tried to get “Fishkill” to change its name. (Isn’t it a river, too?)

I’m not making this up.


13 posted on 02/04/2013 1:46:37 PM PST by Tax-chick (Just what this family needs: more smugness.)
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To: Academiadotorg

Good God...even red states are going to pot.


14 posted on 02/04/2013 1:51:51 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Tax-chick

yes, it’s a river also.


15 posted on 02/04/2013 1:53:38 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
So I guess the pseudo-op BTF (Branch to Fishkill) is right out.

/johnny

16 posted on 02/04/2013 1:58:05 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: FeliciaCat

“stupidity has no limits......”

That sums it up.

You know what looks like a gun? A gun. Not my fingers or some pre-school kid’s fingers.

Give it a rest.


17 posted on 02/04/2013 2:30:46 PM PST by Snark
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To: napscoordinator
Good God...even red states are going to pot.

Do a subject search on "zero tolerance" on the FR search engine. You'll get references to hundreds of examples of "zero tolerance" outrages from every part of the country.

18 posted on 02/04/2013 2:31:29 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Vladiator
I am appropriately outraged! What do I win?

No, no. You're doing it all wrong.

You've got to do it with some style. Like this:

Get back to us when you've gotten your outrage up to par.

19 posted on 02/04/2013 2:51:36 PM PST by Jeff Winston
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To: JRandomFreeper

BAAAAWWWAAAHHAAAAAA!!!!


20 posted on 02/04/2013 2:56:48 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LAVE)
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To: I want the USA back

Outrageous! Petty tyrants at their worst. If a mouse appeared they would faint and/or lock the school down.

I read once that the origin of the word “gun” could have come from an early Swedish artillery piece named “Gunhilda” by its crew.

Anyway, stupidity with way too much power. The culture war is approaching as more skirmishes are breaking out.


21 posted on 02/04/2013 3:02:00 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: xrmusn

I don’t think so, I remember reading about this when it first happened.


22 posted on 02/04/2013 3:18:26 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Academiadotorg

This is the perfect case for the ADA.


23 posted on 02/04/2013 3:29:58 PM PST by bgill
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To: Academiadotorg

The governor of Nebraska is Dave Heineman (R).

You can’t tell me that a Republican governor would miss such an opportunity to make some serious political hay over this.

What a gimmee!


24 posted on 02/04/2013 4:33:35 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: I want the USA back

I can think of a certain “sign” he could use if they won’t allow him to use his given name. It involves pointing the middle finger straight up, and can in no way be mistaken for a gun.

The stupidity in this country seems to be increasing at a astronomical rate!


25 posted on 02/04/2013 4:47:14 PM PST by Doghunter
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To: JRandomFreeper

The parents and the kid should give them the “go pound sand you bed wetting libtards”, sign, and then home school.


26 posted on 02/04/2013 7:50:28 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
I wasn't understanding how the name signed could look like a gun when I tried to envision it from the description, so I thought maybe I had it wrong. I decided to google "hunter sign exact english language" and do an image search. Turns out I was right. "Hunter" in SEE doesn't look like a gun. These people are going overboard for no reason. Here's an example of the difference:


27 posted on 02/04/2013 8:18:49 PM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: FamiliarFace

Unbelievable! These people are overly sensitive.
Anything remotely resembling a gun is labeled a gun.
Fine.
Can this be used against the dude in the white crib? He’s always pointing a gun. He’s a bad influence on children.


28 posted on 02/04/2013 10:16:53 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: Academiadotorg
To sign his name, the three-year-old crosses his index and middle fingers then wags his hands. This sign apparently appeared to school officials to represent a gun.

I don't believe this. I'd have to have it demonstrated to me. This sounds more like the school wants him to change languages, and he's already doing that so what's the big deal?

29 posted on 02/04/2013 10:21:06 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

See post #27 for a visual. These people are nuts! It doesn’t look like a gun.


30 posted on 02/05/2013 5:58:36 AM PST by FamiliarFace
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