Parents claim school asked them to change son's sign language name

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by Gabrielle Fuller

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 30 at 9:09 PM

Nebraska (WHAS11)- The parents of a 3-year-old boy say they have been asked to change their son's sign language name, because it violates his school's weapons policy.

Hunter goes to Grand Island Public Schools in Nebraska.

Hunter and his parents use S.E.E. or Signing Exact English, instead of American Sign Language.

They sign Hunter's name by crossing the index and middle fingers.

Hunter’s parents say his early intervention home visitor asked if they would change his name sign, because it looked like a weapon.

However, the school says they are not requiring anyone to change their name.

"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," said Jack Sheard of the 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 Spanjer, Hunter's father.
 
The story is making national headlines, and the Grand Island Public School district has received many angry phone calls and emails about this story.

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