Hunter Spanjer is a three-year-old child who attends a deaf school in Nebraska. Like many young deaf children, he is proficient in signing. He uses the standard S.E.E. (Signing Exact English) method. The problem is that his school district believes that the way the child signs his name “Hunter” looks like a weapon. Hunter’s parents have been asked to change his name because the school district has a strict “no gun policy.”
The sign for Hunter’s name is similar to the ASL sign for an R. However, like most names, his parents have stylized the sign to become Hunter’s unique name. The sign to signify Hunter’s name moves in a circle. The school district believes this is a violation of their policy because it looks like Hunter may be pointing a gun.
This entire episode has caused a national outcry. Perhaps political correctness has finally gone too far. Asking this child to change his name is not only ridiculous; but it will be confusing for the three year old who is already dealing with a disability.
His parents have decided that they will not submit to the pressure put on their son; and they have set up an FaceBook page to establish public support for the child. Various news organizations have also picked up the issue. Their story has appeared on various news shows, including CBS and FOX.