Aug 29, 2012

Deaf Boy Told To Change Name at School because of Weapons Policy

You know what I miss? When common sence was more important than policy.

This article (which I found via Boing Boing) is exactly what I'm talking about. A 3-year-old deaf boy named Hunter was told by his preschool that he would have the change the way he signs his name, as it violates their weapons policy.
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?
They have since changed their tune and issued a press release stating that they will not be requiring him to change his name (after angry emails and phone calls), but that doesn't change the fact that someone thought it was a good idea to tell this child's parents that his name violated policy.

It makes me want to weep for the future of humanity.


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