Update: Deaf NE Boy Not Allowed To Sign His Name, "Resembles Gun"

Kathy Niver

Update: Deaf NE Boy Not Allowed To Sign His Name, "Resembles Gun"

CREATED Aug. 29, 2012

Update: More and more people from all over the country are joining the online fight to help a three-year-old deaf boy in Nebraska.

Some 4400 people had signed an online petition on Change.org as of Thursday morning. That's double the number who had protested Wednesday. And almost 16,000 people support Hunter Spanjer on the "Let This Deaf Child Keep His Name Sign" on Facebook.

Grand Island, NE - (AP) - A Nebraska man is alleging that Grand Island Public Schools administrators tried to prevent his deaf 3-year-old son from signing his name because the hand gesture resembles a gun.
   
The Grand Island Independent reports that school administrators are denying the accusation, but the story has exploded over the internet.
   
Brian Spanjer says school administrators told him that his son, Hunter, should not sign his name in the way he was taught because it violated the district's weapons policy.
   
District spokesman Jack Sheard denies the allegation. In a statement, he says the district is not requiring any student to change the way his or her name is signed. Sheard says he could not comment beyond the statement because of student confidentiality laws.

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