School Tells Deaf Boy, “Hunter,” to Change His Name — It’s Too Violent

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Folks — It’s Lenore from Free-Range Kids where one of our objectives is to make society LESS STUPID — especially when it comes to wildly inflating threats to our children’s safety. If you wonder just how inflated those threats can get, here’s a letter I received yesterday. Read it and gnash:

A Deaf child named Hunter is not allowed to use his name sign because the sign for “Hunter” (a dictionary word) uses the thumb and first two fingers in a gun shape and suggests a shooting motion. Here’s the story.

These school officials have lost their ability to reason if they believe stripping a child of his name is necessary for safety under a weapons policy. Educators who are unable to use logic and critical thinking have no business educating.

I just sent a letter to the school board expressing my outrage. Everyone else can too at  http://www.gips.org/contact_us

Thanks, Rachel 

Lenore here again: The video link is beyond belief. The situation is beyond belief. But apparently the idea that a pre-schooler’s fingers are as dangerous as a REAL GUN is NOT beyond belief to some school bureaucrats.

 

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39 Responses to “School Tells Deaf Boy, “Hunter,” to Change His Name — It’s Too Violent”

  1. #1 |  CyniCAl | 

    He should change his name to The Bird.

  2. #2 |  Lorenzo | 

    A Balkovian shot to the groin.

  3. #3 |  jb | 

    #1 Like

  4. #4 |  (B)oscoH, Yogurt Eater | 

    Like #1. Or just “F— you, that’s why”.

  5. #5 |  David | 

    THAT is some serious fucking stupid. Dare I say, weapons-grade.

  6. #6 |  En Passant | 

    Two words, acronyms actually, that string together to form an primitive sentence adequate to express a course of action: ACLU FIRE !!!1!

  7. #7 |  DoubleU | 

    If he is using his fingers as a gun isn’t it a nail gun?

  8. #8 |  BMB | 

    Non facebook-leaking link to the story: http://www.1011now.com/home/headlines/Grand-Island-Preschooler-Forbidden-Sign-Language-for-His-Own-Name-167394325.html

  9. #9 |  SJE | 

    #1 FTW. call me “middle finger”

  10. #10 |  SoupNazzi | 

    Wow! This is my hometown. I lived there 25+ years.

    Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that the city school board would ever be this PC and just plain stupid.

  11. #11 |  Quiet Desperation | 

    I recognize that politics is the playground of the alpha sociopaths these days, but these school board people baffle me.

    Most apparent stupidity at higher government levels can be understood if you just find and follow the money trail. From what I gathered working on two state level campaign many years ago is that they *love* when you think they are dummies because that means you don’t realize it’s deliberate evil they are perpetrating. Pfft! Those idiots in Congress! Hey, new season of The Bachelor!

    But this? What is the up side for these board folks? What is the benefit they get appearing as the world’s biggest fools? Is it just the usual control fetish that make people seek positions of authority?

  12. #12 |  James J.B. | 

    Remember follow the rules – even to absurd conclusions. Never question authority, because they are wiser and better than you.

    Stay down, proles!

    Bravo School Board – you stomped on a deaf, preschooler today.

    Seriously, how do these idiots go home at night and proudly tell their families about the evil and lunacy they engage in during work?

  13. #13 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Once again Liberal/Progressive stupidity rears it braindead head. At this very moment I have urges to strike myself in the head repeatedly with a bat to assure that I am not delusional. There are no words to express the level of absurd, inane, puerile, vacuous and harebrained thinking(term used loosely) displayed here. Even though I am not a believer I can only hope there is a special place in hell for morons, imbeciles, single brain celled cretins as these people(term used loosely).

  14. #14 |  DoubleU | 

    #8 | BMB, thank you for noticing that and attempting to correct it. I have facebook blocked but still there shouldn’t be any linkage to facistbook.

  15. #15 |  Al V | 

    When money is not involved think ideology.

    People can carry out tremendous evil when something “offends” them. In this case, I bet at least one or more of the administrators is offended because the kid is named “hunter”. When they saw the kid sign, they wanted to discipline him for ‘violence’ but they can’t because that’s his name. So, make him and his parents jump through hoops to inconvenience and punish them for violating their sensibilities.

  16. #16 |  Henry Bowman | 

    I appreciate reading your posts, Lenore, but some days — this is one of them — they are unbelievably depressing. Stories such as this one make me want to encourage the people of Grand Island, NE, to re-create the old tar ‘n feathers ritual.

  17. #17 |  marie | 

    “We are working with the parents to come to the best solution we can for the child,” said Jack Sheard, Grand Island Public Schools spokesperson.

    No comment, really. Just wanted to make sure I noted the name of this smug prick.

    Hunter is one adorable little boy!

  18. #18 |  el coronado | 

    Well, hell, if we’re doing *quotes*…

    “In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then He made school boards.” – Twain

  19. #19 |  Xenocles | 

    I didn’t actually need another reason to homeschool my kids, but thanks.

  20. #20 |  jmcross | 

    Because he might turn out like this…

    http://youtu.be/Y5PEr7ceqPE

    No one is too old or too young to be saved from themselves by official policies, rules and regulations .

  21. #21 |  Mannie | 

    The good news is that the school board may have just paid for Hunter’s college education.

  22. #22 |  red | 

    Welcome to anarcho-tyranny. Please enjoy your stay.

  23. #23 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    derfel cadarn,

    I, too, tend to assume that the ‘authorities’ in question are Liberal/Progressive Left, but do we actually KNOW? I thinks a case could be made that this is simply the Educator’s assumption of superiority running amok. The professional Educator is a strange beast, dedicated to the notion that he or she knows how to raise children better than any parents, in a total absence of supporting evidence.

  24. #24 |  Jack Dempsey | 

    I am an educator and it’s not educators who did this, it’s school administrators. There is a difference between educators and administrators. My experience is that administrators spend the absolute minimum required time teaching before they move on to drive school districts in the ground. Please don’t lump me as a proper educator into the same category as administrators, most of whom I despise.

  25. #25 |  Bridget | 

    This is just stupid because this kid’s hand can’t expell bullets because it’s not a metal gun! A deaf person’s way to sign their name is personal and it is their identity. My deaf sign language teacher name starts with an S and she would pound her chest a bit with her fist because she would clear her throat as a child and she would do that. Are they gonna tell a Bob Marley fan not to do a sign for him and their letter because Bob Marley was into drugs? As long as it’s not an obscene sign , the school should stay out of it.

  26. #26 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @23 – No, not in THAT area, I’m assured by a semi-local. No, this is right wing moralists. For The Children types. And yes, you attack anyone who dares try to help kids, they’re pervs etc.

    @24 – Darn straight! I only teach at University level, and there’s a vast difference even there.

  27. #27 |  Thomas Paine's Goiter | 

    “Jack Sheard, Grand Island Public Schools spokesperson”

    Jack Sheard is a giant douche.

    Stop Douchebaggery.
    Vote Gary Johnson, 2012

  28. #28 |  John C. Randolph | 

    Oh, look: all of the school board members have contact information on this very convenient web page: http://www.gips.org/about-gips/board-of-education/board-members

    I’m guessing that “Dr. Robert Winter” has PhD in Advanced Political Bullshit from Tax Dependent University.

    -jcr

  29. #29 |  En Passant | 

    #11 | Quiet Desperation wrote August 28th, 2012 at 12:52 pm:

    Most apparent stupidity at higher government levels can be understood if you just find and follow the money trail. From what I gathered working on two state level campaign many years ago is that they *love* when you think they are dummies because that means you don’t realize it’s deliberate evil they are perpetrating. Pfft! Those idiots in Congress! Hey, new season of The Bachelor!

    Hence an analog to Clarke’s third law of prediction: Any sufficiently brazen stupidity is indistinguishable from malice.

  30. #30 |  KPRyan | 

    #13 –

    As another asked above, it is easy to assume the board members are ‘liberals’ or ‘progressives’ but – are they?

    Here’s a link to the current members of the board – most are women – so I would suppose you also think women are insanely stupid, just like liberals. Of course, they are ALL white skinned. So I guess all white people (and esp. white women) are “absurd, inane, puerile, vacuous and harebrained.”

    My point isn’t to ridicule you – it is to inform you. There’s idiots in every ideology. Not to mention race and sex. Unfortunately, they tend to congregate in positions of power (which doesn’t say much for the voting public in the US of A).

  31. #31 |  KPRyan | 

    Sorry – left that link out – here it is: http://www.gips.org/about-gips/board-of-education/board-members

  32. #32 |  Zeph | 

    KP, the political franchises work just like a burger franchise. You go to McRepublicans or Kentucky Fried Democrats, and you’re guaranteed no surprises, just the same old predictable crud.

  33. #33 |  Blaze Miskulin | 

    Stories like this only serve to solidify my belief that China will,in short order, supplant the USA as the dominant nation on the planet. It has nothing to do with political ideology or even military force, it has to do with the fact that the USA is becoming mired in bullshit and afraid of its own shadow.

    I currently teach English in China. Most of my students are adults, but during the summer we get a small influx of high-school and college students. This summer, I had a student named “Killer”. He’s intelligent, informed, outspoken, and insightful. He also has definite ideals, grand plans, and the energy to actually make them reality.

    In China, they teach their children to be smart and brave–even while spoiling the hell out of them.

    There won’t be a war between the US and China. That’s too obvious. Instead, China will simply step up and take over while the US is busy “protecting” itself from french fries, and dealing with the “threats” of childhood names.

  34. #34 |  Omri | 

    The only signs in American Sign Language that are not liable to be misinterpreted as gestures are, well, vulgarities like “fuck” and “asshole.”

  35. #35 |  Valhawk | 

    So it seems to me like the District just engaged in unlawful discrimination against a Protected Class, sounds like it’s time to turn ADA and other anti-discrimination statutes against the state.

  36. #36 |  Jess | 

    Maybe now the morons who think (and have ruled) that public schools may inhibit speech with impunity will realize their mistake.

    Who am I kidding? TPTB set up public education this way because they’re desperate to keep citizens as uneducated as possible. Only a sucker attributes this kind of shit to anything but malice.

  37. #37 |  Human Rights Nonsense (35): The Violence of a Name | P.a.p.-Blog, Human Rights Etc. | 

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  38. #38 |  markm | 

    “These school officials have lost their ability to reason if they believe stripping a child of his name is necessary for safety under a weapons policy. Educators who are unable to use logic and critical thinking have no business educating.”

    Unfortunately, this lack of ability to reason is all too often why someone chose to be an educator or administrator. In a job that deals with the real world, not understanding the difference between symbols and reality is apt to get you fired.

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