GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska -- The parents of a three-year-old deaf boy
say they have been asked to change their son's sign language name
because it violates his school's weapons policy.
The boy and his parents use SEE, or Signing Exact English, and sign
Hunter's name by crossing the first two fingers. They say the school
district where the boy attends preschool want the change because the way
he signs his name looks like someone shooting a gun.
A district spokesman says they are not requiring any student to change how his or her name is signed.
"We have never required a student to change their name sign. We
follow the guidelines of American Sign Language. They have guidelines
for name signs. That is what we follow," Jack Sheard said.
"Actually I think the meaning of that statement was they're not
requiring him to change his name. He's allowed to finger spell his name
they just don't want him using his name sign in the schools," Hunter's
father Brian Spanjer said.
The school district says they received a wave of phone calls and e-mails about the case.
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