Hunter Spanjer is just your average three year old little boy. However, Spanjer is deaf and as a result uses sign language to communicate. So what’s the problem you ask? His school says the sign he uses for his name violates their weapons policy.
I know, it sounds utterly ridiculous. But you can’t make this stuff up. This is the logical conclusion of liberals when they talk about “zero tolerance.” But wait till you see what they point to as the violation of the “no weapons policy.
This is how Hunter signs his name and below you see how the sign for ‘gun’ looks.
According to the Grand Island school board’s policy, students are prohibited from possessing, handling or transmitting a “firearm weapon” or anything that “looks like a weapon.”
Right there in the last section should give anyone and everyone cause for alarm. Anything can be viewed as a weapon. The policy in that case does not even limit the weapon to a firearm. So kids have pencils and staplers. My goodness they carry paper. They might cut someone!
“He’s deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy,” said Brian Spanjer, Hunter’s father. “It’s a symbol. It’s an actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E. (S.E.E. stands for Signing Exact English, Hunter’s sign language.)”
“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.
One Grand Island resident said, “I find it very difficult to believe that the sign language that shows his name resembles a gun in any way would even enter a child’s mind.” I agree with this perfectly sane person.
I recall as a kid that we use to play with toy guns. We would climb trees and play army or cowboys and Indians. No one ever thought of picking up a real gun and shooting anyone. We knew better because our parents taught us better.
The fact that a school is this extreme tells me one thing, the parents need to protest this school system till they get them to remove such stupid measures in their policies. And then, if they were wise, they would arm people at the schools and issue them CCW permits in order to defend these same children, should some person decide they want to go on a shooting spree. In addition I would propose that as moms and dads be instructing their children on gun safety and the responsible and efficient use of a firearm.
Leave Hunter alone. Leave his parents alone and for God’s sake teach kids what you are supposed to be teaching them and quit worrying about being politically correct. While Hunter is not of age to be in elementary school there, apparently this type of focus on silly PC policies is part of the problem that results in their test scores. Personally, I say the parents should take them out of public education in the first place and teach them at home. That would end this silliness if there were no children there for them to impose such nonsense.
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