This is just plain nuts (H/T New Advent:
Hunter Spanjer says his name with a certain special hand gesture, but at just three and a half years old, he may have to change it.
“He’s deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy,” explained Hunter’s father, Brian Spanjer.
Grand Island’s “Weapons in Schools” Board Policy 8470 forbids “any instrument…that looks like a weapon,” But a three year-old’s hands?
“Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous. This is not threatening in any way,” said Hunter’s grandmother Janet Logue.
“It’s a symbol. It’s an actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E.,” Brian Spanjer said.
S.E.E. stands for Signing Exact English, Hunter’s sign language. Hunter’s name gesture is modified with crossed-fingers to show it is uniquely his own.
“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. Continue Reading…
That this happened in conservative Nebraska in a rural area points to the fact that Political Correctness has gone viral. I am just about speechless.
But I do have a question. Back when I was a progressive Catholic, I did not allow my son to have toy guns. It was futile. He used everything in sight as a pretend gun including his sister’s stuffed animals.
So what happens to a boy at this school who dares to use his hands as pretend pistols? Expulsion? Sigh.
I read this article too. It’s a shame that people will spend so much time looking for the negativity in anything they can’t see the positive side and the common sense! I think it’s pretty obvious to everyone that this little boy is not trying to be threatening!
And I know what you mean about little boys and guns. I taught in the toddler classroom for a very “by the book” childcare for three years. The children were not allowed to play with guns, weapons, anything like that. Even so, we always had kids who would find anything from a stick, to a stuffed animal, to a plastic spoon to pretend was a weapon for playing cowboys and indians! Instead of stopping the “weapons” altogether, we would pretend that they were squirting jelly at that bad guys instead!