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

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

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  • midusdew

    These are not teachers they are hoa enforcers. Fire them all.

    The little guy is deaf and his Name is Hunter. A major law suit is in order here. This brain washing tactic is harmful to this kid’s mental well being..

  • bg


    #18 August 28, 2012 at 11:37 pm
    Who’s That Knocking On Your Door?

    re: [they are ALL the same]

    been saying/asking/whatever the following for years now..

    what’s in a name when the results are the same..

    [But communists could not be wrong. After all, their knowledge was
    scientific, based on historical materialism, an understanding of the
    dialectical process in nature and human society, and a materialist
    (and thus realistic) view of nature. Marx has shown empirically where
    society has been and why, and he and his interpreters proved that it
    was destined for a communist end. No one could prevent this, but
    only stand in the way and delay it at the cost of more human misery.
    Those who disagreed with this world view and even with some of the
    proper interpretations of Marx and Lenin were, without a scintilla of
    doubt, wrong. After all, did not Marx or Lenin or Stalin or Mao say
    that. . . . In other words, communism was like a fanatical religion. It
    had its revealed text and chief interpreters. It had its priests and their
    ritualistic prose with all the answers. It had a heaven, and the proper
    behavior to reach it. It had its appeal to faith. And it had its crusade
    against nonbelievers.

    What made this secular religion so utterly lethal was its seizure of all
    the state’s instrument of force and coercion and their immediate use
    to destroy or control all independent sources of power, such as the
    church, the professions, private businesses, schools, and, of course,
    the family.]

    “what the fascist left have been aiming for is to “equate” good with evil..
    that’s the only way they can appease their conscience in the face of the
    harsh reality they are trying to escape from because it does not fit in
    with their ideological utopian matrix.. if there is no good vs evil, then all
    is good even if [the] all is evil..” – bg


  • AuntieMadder

    Oh, for Pete’s sake!

  • onbe

    When a situation like this arises there needs to be cuts in a wide swath since there is not a person in the setting that can think rationally.The board -the Principal -the administrator and teachers involved -GONE!Then the parents and other concerned citizens need to review the schools policies and replace. If a school has gone this far off the deep end GOD only knows what other sort underlying problems exist. A review of each grade curriculum should be examined and ferreted out.

    Things like this will continue until the community says enough is enough.

  • Chris

    I would give the school board some of my own sign language and then pull my child out of there.

  • Kate

    My contempt for teachers sadly grows as stories like this becomes more and more common. These people are sick. Get rid of tenure and get people with some intelligence to run the schools. Maybe then the kids will actually learn to read and write by the time they graduate high school.

  • Redwine

    Utterly preposterous!
    “Hunter” isn’t a weapon. And even if it were, it would still be utterly preposterous.

  • ebayer

    This is my rifle
    This is my gun
    This one’s for fightin’
    This one’s for fun

    The unknown poet.

  • Comache Joe

    Cee – Let me explain it slowly. The accepted practice for creating a person’ name sign is sign the first letter of the name followed by a sign that describing the name or person. This child’s name starts with H. The sign for H is having your middle index and middle fingers extended and together. These are the side, across you body. The sign for “hunt” is making a “gun” on both hands with the index finger and thumb. Then gesturing like your shooting. The boy has combined the H and the hunt sign to form his name sign. This is the standard practice taught to all parents with deaf children. Why should he be singled out because you and other liberals don’t like the sign?

  • stonedome

    he should change his name to “killer”… a high school teacher told me once that man is naturally born with five senses. the other two, horse sense and common sense, must be acquired. that’s back when teachers were born, not constructed.

  • Douglas

    I was Marine briefly, and when you salute as Marine, you are taught to hold your hand, “LIKE A KNIFE!” Is that outside of the rules of this school?

  • Comache Joe

    Its not this child’s fault that these teachers and administrators are too ignorant to understand sign language and how it is practiced.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Feel free to call this ridiculous school board and tell them to leave this child alone!

    I’m more inclined to demand that they give every single administrator in that school district a pink slip.

  • ER

    will they also demand renaming of commonly named girls “Diana” and “Cynthia” since their names mean not merely hunter, but goddess of the hunt (one Roman version, other Greek version)

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  • robins111

    A whole bunch of school officials need to be fired.

  • bobdog

    I can think of a better sign Hunter can use at school. It involves both middle fingers. Really easy to teach, too.

  • southernsue

    sue the hell out of this school!

    then take your child and move to a friendlier state!

    don’t let these schools bully your children or yourself, as a parent, stand up to them!

  • obfuscatenot

    “Every student-every day”-
    Which means bully, intimidate and indoctrinate each kid each day. I will never put one of my kids back into public school and never ever shut my mouth about the sad state of our public schools. The school set around here love me! Every teacher-every day needs to be evaluated for their performance or lack thereof! The grown-ups are the BULLIES in the schools not the kids! If the grown-ups did their jobs there would be no behavior issues! Time for a sweeping change back to local control of our schools!

  • Jim Ryan

    I know! Let’s traumatize a preschooler because his name is Hunter!

  • Finncrisp

    The dumb and blind attack the deaf. Perfect. These trolls really are beyond belief.

  • crackermike

    I can flat-ass assure you that behind this insanity is a Liberal/Progressive/Socialist/Communist member of the Teachers Union. Someone that disagrees with hunting and is going to save the World by forcing all others opinions to be congruent with theirs. To avoid the wrath of Teachers Unions, I recommend you name your kid; Tractor Factory. The beaming Socialists would give the kid an A for their good Socialist name alone.

  • Espresso Logic – The 6th Sense

    @ #12 Cee

    I just love the smell of retards in the morning.

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  • Redlite


    Better yet change the kid’s name to F… YOU.

  • Sasja

    Cee = Idiot.

  • Gort

    It is hard to have any respect for the teaching profession any more. That’s because they don’t teach anymore – they indoctrinate personal and cultural self-destruction while strutting around like thugs wielding politically correct, zero-tolerance, viciously vindictive punishments backed by rank stupidity, cowardice and hypocrisy.

  • stlgretchen

    Update: school backs down.

    Amazing what the threat of legal challenges will do for policy. I have a deaf son. I know the high-handedness of some special educators and administrators. This statement from the first local article says volumes:

    “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.


    “We (the school district) are working (establishing policy unwelcome by the parents and superseding parental authority) with the parents (who we don’t want to really hear from) to come (to force to accept) to the best solution we can (what “we” the school district decides on) for the child (for political correctness).”

    That statement from the school district says volumes. It makes the assumption that the parents don’t know best…the school district does. This is how education operates today.

  • Who’s That Knocking On Your Door?

    @ #23 August 29, 2012 at 12:21 am
    bg commented:

    This is NOT off topic:

    A question: The Gestapo arrested a gentleman in April 1943 who tried to assasinate Adolf Hitler. The man was a Lutheran pastor by the name of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Was pastor Bonhoeffer a ‘Christian’ in the classical (Biblical) sense?

    The secondary question I have is: “How much longer are the people of America going to set back and watch their republic being parcelled out to power interests – robbing the people of their individual liberties and freedoms? To what extent should people be passive/aggressive, and at what point should they just forget about being passive and become absolutely aggressive.

    This little boy has done nothing wrong. Life dealt him a nasty card with his deafness, but now his socail authority figures are telling him he can’t sign his name because it “looks” like a gun in their eyes? His parents have no problem with the way he expresses his name, so who do the school administators think that they are….god [small ‘g’]? Little fascist stick figures is a little closer to the truth, IMO.

    Oh, and by-the-way: Who’s that knocking at your door are the Federal Officers from the Internal Secret State Police to seize and incarcerate you. “Ask NOT what your country can do TO you. Ask what you can do FOR your country!”

  • First they come for your guns, then they come for your name.

    On a side note, if Animal Rights people want hunting magazines (never have ever read one) listed as Porn, then their dumb commercials should also be listed as Porn.

  • Servo1969

    Is it now mandatory that public school administrators have their brains scooped out and replaced with tater-tots?

  • Cee

    Comanche Joe,

    In you post # 30, you made my point. Would you say the same if the sign were an obscenity or offensive religious term?

    Others signing the word as you described it being done would be disciplined. It would be ironic if no one could sign the child’s name to him in school yet he could do it all he wanted.

    It is a sad commentary that it has been necessary to protect children in school from what many years ago were common activities on the playground; however, it now is. Guns in any form – imaginary included – are not appropriate in our schools. I doubt that the school administrators want to be involved in a controversy such as this. They do have the responsibility of protecting ALL of the children.

    I doubt the parents anticipated a problem such as this when the child was born; they need to be more understanding of the issues of safety in schools; they are going to be dealing with them for a long time.

  • Au Contraire

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

    facts, facts, facts.
    not that it makes any difference but Ruger manufactures a fine ‘weapon’ called “HUNTER” and a fine piece it is.
    And I know because I own one.

    another “Hunter”

    and another

    The Ambush Firearms 6.8 Hunter is an MSR

  • Blue Hen

    Has someone dragged the Smartest Person in the World (VP Joe Biden) into this yet? He named one of his kids Hunter. That would make a great scene, watching a clowncar (the appropriate term for a gathering) of administrators stepping on themselves while complaining about the name. Better yet; lock them in a room with Biden, and send in a pack of zombies. Except that the zombies would starve.

  • creeper

    So if the name “Hunter” is unacceptable, what about “Peter” and “John”?

    This goes beyond insanity.

  • creeper

    Cee, you obviously do not have children. A good friend (and liberal Dem teacher) banned any weapons from the house when her children were small. She abandoned the effort when she glanced at her sons one morning over breakfast and found the younger one “shooting” the older with the crust of his toast.

    The world you’re advocating for does not and can not exist. Human nature makes that impossible.


    There’s only one explanation for this – meth.

  • RonnieRancid

    @ #57 August 29, 2012 at 9:50 am
    creeper commented:

    “The world you’re advocating for does not and can not exist. Human nature makes that impossible.”

    – This is the same ‘human nature’ that makes the liberal progressive Utopian dream impossible! Man, by his very nature, is not basically and inherently good. Mankind is made up of components that are all twisted or broken in some fashion.

    This is also the principle reason that Communism is a broken doctrinal theory. It looks nice on paper, but working that out within the human paradigm is not possible.

  • Hadron

    Call the district and voice your opinion. It’s doubtful the district will read any of your comments here.

  • paul52

    Methinks ‘Cee’ is all wee-weed up. Cee says no guns. Guess that includes staple guns, tape guns, label maker guns, caulk guns for maintenance, glue guns in Art class, ‘run and gun’ for the basketball teams, and on and on. There’s a couple of kids in the school district here named Gunnar…. guess they need to be expelled or exiled. Dozens of people in this county named Gunnlaugsson…. what about them, Cee troll???

  • PB-in-AL

    The comment above about walking off the cliff of denying services to “special needs” people is already being fulfilled. Here’s an article about an autistic boy from Pennsylvania who is being denied a heart transplant over “concerns about his “psychiatric issues” and “autism,” among other factors”:

    How long before the federal death panels convene… apparently not too far off.

  • tennismom

    Someone needs to start a web site where parents/citizens can conveniently report regulatory abuse such as this case:

    One has to assume for every case of ‘overreach’ by school administrators, the TSA, the EPA and other branches of government, many other cases go unreported.

  • bg


    #54 August 29, 2012 at 9:15 am
    Au Contraire

    so, there’s a weapon named Hunter, doesn’t make Hunter
    a weapon, i mean, does that make the boy named Hunter
    a gun??

    a HUNTER is someone who, depending on what
    is being hunted, may use a weapon, or not..


  • Comanche Joe

    Cee: In the quest for unreachable goal of total equality (sameness) you statists have removed the concepts of common sense and intent from society. Any teacher with common sense and experience would know Hunter’s intent in using the sign is to represent his name. A little bit of common sense would easily determine if another child is intending to use the sign as Hunter’s name. The child can’t be using the sign to directly address Hunter unless he is looking directly and the signer. Unless the child is using it with other sign language they are not signing Hunter’s name. This stuff’s not difficult.

    To your point of the sign being offensive. Ignorance of sign language and it’s use is not a reason to ban a sign as offensive. The American Sign Language sign for “H” looks alot like a gun Should this be banned? The ASL sign for “mother” could easily be mistaken as a taunting hand gesture. Let’s ban that too. How about the sign for “tiger” which looks like a violent gesture . Ban that too?

    Who decides what is offensive? That’s right it’s the government.

  • Comanche Joe

    Liberal mantra is we must discuss sex at school because if not the kids could get hurt by not taking precautions. However, when it comes to guns no one can ever discuss them at school. Any images or action pertaining to guns must be banned because thy might cause kids to use them and get hurt.

    Double standard? I think so.

  • Goatweed

    Somebody is Nebraska would really like the name of the former Cherokee chief, Wilma Mankiller.

  • IGotBupkis, Legally Defined Cyberbully in All 57 States

    What part of ZERO TOLERANCE do you people not get…?

    The school has made it clear

    There’s a policy of ZERO TOLERANCE for brains and thought processes.

    Y’all should respect the zero tolerance, y’know?

  • JB

    All this talk of “leftists”, as if there are any in Nebraska. Odds are that school board is 100% Republicans.

  • kato

    I guess they’re confusing a 4-year-old deaf child with a long-dead gonzo journalist. An easy mistake to make.

  • Rob Crawford


    Guns in any form – imaginary included – are not appropriate in our schools.

    Pardon my bluntness, but are you an idiot? How do you ban “imaginary” anything? WHY do you WANT to ban “imaginary” anything? Do you understand the difference between reality and fantasy? Have you EVER had a thought that wasn’t about trying to control other people?

  • Rob Crawford

    Odds are that school board is 100% Republicans.

    Perhaps, but the “administrators” and “teachers” likely aren’t. They’re also likely the product of “education” schools.

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  • Patty

    We are living through some of the most insane times in history. PC has been the majority of our problems today.

    I understand slang of name calling others of different cultures is wrong. We have no intentions of hurting others, at least the majority of us.

    But when things are carried this far into stupidville, we become nothing but a bunch of numbers who are a part of the same mold and march by the same leader. OVER AND OVER.

    Respect and common sense, people. Is that so difficult. This is a Child. For God sake.

  • How did these numb nuts get to teach or be near children?

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