Quantcast
  1. Sign up now and join over 35,000 northwest gun owners. It's quick, easy, and 100% free!

School says MUST change the way he signs his name because it looks like a GUN WTF

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by explorerimports, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. explorerimports

    explorerimports WA Active Member

    Messages:
    257
    Likes Received:
    71
    Nebraska family, school at odds over deaf boy’s ‘gun-like’ sign language name

    Read more: Nebraska family, school at odds over deaf boy?s ?gun-like? sign language name | Fox News

    The parents of a 3-year-old deaf boy from Nebraska say his preschool told them he must change the way he signs his name because it looks like a finger-pistol, but the school says the family has their signals crossed.

    The family of pre-schooler Hunter Spanjer said officials at the Grand Island Public Schools told them the manner in which the boy signs his name is a violation of its “weapons in school” policy. The claim they were told Hunter had to modify the way he signs his moniker to comply with the school's zero tolerance code against weapons in school.

    “Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous,” Hunter’s grandmother, Janet Logue, told KGIN. “This is not threatening in any way.”

    Brian Spanjer, the boy’s father, said the sign is a registered symbol with the Signing Exact English system. The encouragement and support his family has received since reports of the controversy have surfaced has been “amazing,” he said.

    "It's been more than I could have asked for and it's been extremely helpful,” Spanjer told KGIN.

    Grand Island Public Schools officials declined to discuss the case, but issued a statement to FoxNews.com in which they denied requiring any student to change how his or her name is signed.

    “The school district teaches American Sign Language (“ASL”) for students with hearing impairments,” the statement read. “ASL is recommended by the Nebraska Department of Education and is widely used in the United States. The sign language techniques taught in the school district are consistent with the standards of the Nebraska Department of Education and ASL.”

    The statement continued: “The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits the school district from disclosing personally identifiable information concerning any student without the prior written consent of the student’s parent. Therefore, the school district cannot discuss any particular student or identify any particular student. Grand Island Public Schools is not requiring any current student with a hearing impairment to change his or her sign language name.”

    Jack Sheard, a spokesman for the district, said district officials — who have reportedly received hundreds of angry phone calls, emails and even death threats — are working with Spanjer’s family.

    The American Civil Liberties Union has reportedly gotten involved in the case, sending a letter to the school calling it a question of a students’ form of chosen speech. Also, the National Association of the Deaf has offered to help the Spanjer family press its case in court if the school district tries to make Hunter change the way he signs his name, said CEO Howard Rosenblum.

    “The NAD is not aware of any other schools that have banned a name sign,” read a statement released by the organization. “Grand Island Public Schools is likely the first to ever to do so. It would be inappropriate for Grand Island Public Schools to prohibit a person from another country to use in school their own name which they deemed offensive.”

    Read more: Nebraska family, school at odds over deaf boy?s ?gun-like? sign language name | Fox News
     
  2. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,665
    Likes Received:
    669
    That story is from august 2012 and has been discussed at length on this forum.
     
  3. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    6,838
    Likes Received:
    1,186

    And it is welcome to be discussed more if the poster wishes. ;-)
     
  4. explorerimports

    explorerimports WA Active Member

    Messages:
    257
    Likes Received:
    71
    It can go away. I just try to bring gun news here. Sometimes I miss news that was already here. :thumbup:
     
  5. 3MTA3

    3MTA3 DMZ between Liberty and Tyranny Behind Enemy Lines Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    2,542
    Likes Received:
    5,654
    I'd just change my name to Flip D. Bird. Three guesses how I'd sign it.
     
  6. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

    Messages:
    12,912
    Likes Received:
    19,563
    Then there's one of my favorite signs with the bird straight up in the air, then followed by a stylish bird in the horizontal motion parallel to the ground...loosly translated it means, "F@$& you, and the horse you rode in on." ;)
     
    Caveman Jim and (deleted member) like this.
  7. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    5,270
    Likes Received:
    8,963
    Yep, zero tolerance is working real good now ain't it?
     
  8. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    7,573
    Likes Received:
    10,654
    The school district is working with the lads family? It would be best if the district were to shut the hades up, and go take a remedial warm maple syrup enema!
     
  9. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    5,776
    Likes Received:
    4,967
    I'm curious since it is legal for a minor to get a tattoo with their parents permission. How would these schools deal with a student that had a pistol tattooed on his or her butt. Would they consider it a concealed weapon?
     
    Caveman Jim and (deleted member) like this.
  10. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,262
    Likes Received:
    3,076
    What I fail to understand is what the specific problem is. I mean I understand what the school thinks the problem is but can they cite any specific examples of where his 'signing' created any problems?
     
  11. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,311
    Likes Received:
    1,687
    Its sickening to watch Our countries moral decline. The things that the schools teachers and principles do to the American kids these days can be really messed up and how easily the parents tolerate it. What a shame.
     
  12. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    5,270
    Likes Received:
    8,963
    America is in sad shape and we can only blame the people that voted in these imbeciles...