Nebraska Preschool: Deaf Boy’s Name Violates School “Weapons Policy”

By: Rachel Pulaski

Grand Island Public School District in Nebraska, whose slogan is “Every Student, Every Day”, is trying to force a deaf 3 year old preschooler to change his name because it violates their “Weapons in Schools” policy that bans “any instrument … that looks like a weapon”.  The little boy’s name is Hunter.

NY Daily News reported:

The district, in Grand Island, about three hours west of Omaha, has a policy that forbids kids bringing to school “any instrument … that looks like a weapon,” local station KOLN reported.

According to the report, Hunter Spanjer signs his name by crossing his index finger and middle finger and then wagging his hands, which the school says is not appropriate.

“Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous. This is not threatening in any way,” his grandmother, Janet Logue, told KOLN.

“It’s a symbol,” his father, Brian Spanjer, added. “It’s an actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E.,” or Signing Exact English, a sign language system.

A school spokesman called the issue a “misunderstanding” and said it had nothing to do with guns or weapons.

The name gesture was “not an appropriate thing to do in school,” and administrators were asking Hunter to spell his name out, letter-by-letter, instead of using the sign, spokesman Jack Sheard told the Daily News.

“We want to do what is best for every student in our district, and we care more about that than everything else,” Sheard said. “We are working with the parents to find the best solution we can.”

Locals think the school should leave the tyke alone.

“It’s his name. It’s not like he’s going to bring a gun to school when he’s 3-years old,” Grand Islander Dana Schwieger fumed.

Feel free to call this ridiculous school board and tell them to leave this child alone!          308-385-5900

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  • Ghost

    We’re FOR teachers, we’re AGAINST teachers’ unions.
    Fire ineffective teachers, demand accountability for performance.

    and for God’s sakes, institutionalize the Looney Toons

  • bg


    “absolutely ridiculous”

    right you are Mom, that is the bottom line..


  • bigkahuna

    Fire moron principals, fire idiotric administrators, fight back against idiotic policies and stupid interpretations.

    Sue these idiots for stupid policies. The only thing they seem to understand is fierce battles and threat of lawsuits.

  • donh

    This is the back handed way a handicapped child gets left behind…through some euphamistic word game……

    So many perfectly healthy able bodied people now gaming the system to live free off welfare ……the parasites have some instinctive need to KILL the genuinely needy …some guilt reflex… or perverted jelousy for real victimhood…it provokes a survival instinct among leeches to destroy the most needy….they are as much a threat to their food supply as conservatives spending cutters.

  • Sasja

    Anyone still wonder why our children are not receiving an education? With morons like these running the system, it’s a wonder they can read at the third grade level when they graduate from high school.

  • Jack

    Good God, haven’t we as Americans seen enough of this crap? I don’t know and have never met a person that would support such asinine PC BS. Enough is enough is enough is enough.

  • coolidgerules

    Aren’t teacher colleges great? They take the common man and remove all the common knowledge and common sense.

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  • atticcellar

    This seem completely reasonable.. The parents should be charged with child abuse for teaching this child how to sign that awful, hateful, dangerous word. Some jail time seems appropriate!

  • donh

    Its not MORONS making these decisions !….It is a very calculated EVIL…Some union member living off the public dime sees the extra cost that deaf child brings to bear on public funds and views it as a threat to their Disneyworld vacation…or their retirement pension…so GET THE DEAF BOY OUT OF HERE !

  • Jenny

    Apparently the leftists have invaded Nebraska.. I think the good people of the state need to start running for school committee to ensure their kids aren’t being harmed by the usual garbage that follows leftist takeovers of schools.

  • Cee

    Having watched the video, it seems to me that if this were done by another child, that child would be disciplined harshly by the school.

    Why would the parents object to the child using another, less controversial gesture as a nickname? There is more to this story and the actual agenda.

  • bg


    rename him Jesus, problem settled.. /s/


  • bg


    oh yeah, could someone please inform them
    that HUNTER is NOT A WEAPON, thank you..


  • atticcellar

    #12 Cee; I veiwed the video above.. You must have veiwed a differnt video or are just a leftist jacka$$.

  • Old One

    There are none more stupid than educrats. Our educrats actually do Nothing hence they chase delusionsand imagined demons in order to appear important & oh so busy. Schools and all of wackodemia needs a through cathartic purging. Virtuall all of them need to be ousted.
    School is back in session so we will be getting our daily doses of stupid educrat follies. Fire them all and start over. The educrats have always been the most stupid creatures on earth, the teachers were sane but they too are now deranged by leftist idiocy , PC bull, and their avarice.

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  • Who’s That Knocking On Your Door?

    The Nanny State – there is NO ROOM for divergence from the expected norm, for anyone! Do something unexpected or different and the power of the State will grind you into the ground – all the while claiming how much they love you and only are serving your best interests. Indoctrination and conformity are the issues for the school board – not the freedom of individuality of this little boy.

    Soon I expect ‘handicapped’ children such as himself will be euthanized (murdered) by the state – only for their own good of course. They wouldn’t feel comfortable in an integrated utopian society after all. All tyrants are the same – American or German, Cuban or Chinese – they are ALL the same.

  • Tim in Cali

    Political Correctness has officially jump the shark

    Was it the …

    Pants below his butt
    Grabbing his crotch
    Selling drugs to the 2 yo’s
    Rapping lyrics putting the sistas down

    I heard he’s been in on a few drive by incidents, on his BIG WHEEL
    They start out throwing peas and carrots on the floor,all down hill from there man

    America’s Most Wanted is doing a feature on him this week
    Hey PRE school admin….the trees really are blocking the forest

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    #13 bg…if they did that he’d be expelled.