PC Schools Gone Wild: Deaf Preschooler Forced to Change
Sign Name Because It Looks Like a Gun
By Ron Meyer, Young America's Foundation
Political correctness in our school systems has gone wild.
Banning controversial speech on campus is bad enough. Banning a
deaf preschooler from using his own name sign is appalling to a
whole other level.
Hunter Spanjer, the three-year-old student, attends a preschool
in the Grand Island Public Schools district in Nebraska.
According to Hunter's dad, Brian Spanjer, this school district
is banning his son's sign language name because it looks like a gun. Brian
told Nebraska-based KOLN, "He's deaf, and his name
sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons
"It's a symbol. It's an actual sign, a registered sign, through
(Signing Exact English)."
Signing/saying his name isn't offensive, and frankly, neither is
making a gun sign with your hand. Does anyone remember when
children used to play "cops and robbers"?
When I was a kid, we played Star Wars, but I guess that wouldn't
be allowed on today's playgrounds either.
Hunter Spanjer has a constitutional right to free speech, and the public
school district should be defending, not abridging, that right. This
school district needs to reverse track soon.
The spokesman for Grand Island Public Schools, Jack Sheard, told
KOLN, "We are working with the parents to come to the best solution
we can for the child." The only solution should be to let him
express his name in the way he and his parents desire.
Let's hope Hunter's parents stand their ground and fight this
oppressive policy. You can support the Spanjers' efforts on their Facebook
this Deaf Child Keep His Name Sign."
Ron Meyer--age 22--is the spokesman for Young
America's Foundation. He's a frequent guest on Fox News and the
Sean Hannity Radio Show. Email him at
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