A deaf Nebraska boy, 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer, has upset his school because he signs his name by crossing his index and middle fingers, which broke a school rule against “anything that looks like a weapon,” reports KOLN-TV.
However, Hunter’s parents claim the sign for his name is registered through the Signing Exact English (SEE) language system.
The Grand Island Public School district got angry phone calls and emails following the news reports about Hunter.
In response, the Grand Island Public School district issued a statement Tuesday stating: “The sign language techniques taught in the school district are consistent with the standards of the Nebraska Department of Education and ASL [American Sign Language]. Grand Island Public Schools is not requiring any current student with a hearing impairment to change his or her sign language name.”