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    Parents: Deaf boy asked to change name in sign language

    Updated: Thursday, 30 Aug 2012, 8:42 AM EDT
    Published : Thursday, 30 Aug 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (CNN/KHAS) - A controversy in Nebraska has gone viral. The parents of a 3-year-old boy say they've been asked to change their son's sign language name because it violates his school's weapons policy.

    Hunter Spanjer and his parents Brian Spanjer and Morgan Hurt use Signing Exact English (SEE). They sign Hunter's name by crossing the first two fingers. Hunter has been a part of the Grand Island Early Intervention Program since he was about six months old and attends preschool at the Early Learning Center.

    "About two weeks ago we had been in contact with his early intervention home visitor and she had asked us if we would change his name. They felt like his name was inappropriate or his name sign," said Brian Spanjer. "I asked her if there is a school policy that we are in violation of. What I was referred to, replied to with was 'well technically it's a violation of our weapons policy.' I was floored."

    But the Grand Island Public School District says they are not requiring any student to change how his or her name is signed.

    "Grand Island Public Schools has not changed the sign language name nor requested any student to change their sign language name," said Jack Sheard with Grand Island Public Schools.

    "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," said Brian.

    "They want us to modify it. They want us to modify it to the ASL [American Sign Language] sign. We are SEE, this is what we've known. I think it'd be a big difference. It'd be like telling me to change my name because it's not spelled the right way," said Morgan Hurt.

    The school district says they've been receiving a wave of phone calls and e-mails about the case.

    "We're angry at the situation, not the individuals. I'm sure everybody in this is well intentioned, even if they may be misguided," said Brian.

    Parents: Deaf boy asked to change name in sign language

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    I really want to say something, but I don't know what to say. I'm just gonna sit here with a puzzled look on my face.

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    sweet jesus! yes, he could skeer someone by signing "Hunter". Fuck right off you assholes!

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    Totally weird.
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    totally fucking stupid when did people get so stupid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1973 View Post
    sweet jesus! yes, he could skeer someone by signing "Hunter". Fuck right off you assholes!

    But his name in sign language totally looks like a gun! This could be very dangerous!

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    pistol whips Jezi with her "sign language gun"
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    *Changes name to 'A' and punches Shedevil with sign language name which is a fist*

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    You've obviously never seen Tombstone your ass don't just bounce back up after a good pistol whipping
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    Looks like different sign language groups don't like each other either!

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    Damnit that made me think wouldn't you just love to see that argument, yes I am going to hell now
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    Oh, Jfc. I looked at the video and that doesn't look like something inappropriate. Ridiculous!

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    What arseholes. Haven't they anything better to do?! Leave the poor kid and his parents alone.
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    They should keep the first name but change the surname to his mother's.

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    Come the fuck on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    Looks like different sign language groups don't like each other either!

    DeBee Communications | S.E.E. Sign Sticker
    There is much division in the community regarding teaching/using SEE and ASL. My mother's school was actually protested by SEE advocates years back because they use ASL.

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