8 thoughts on “Deaf three year-old is asked to change his name

  1. Why did I immediately suspect my home state when I saw this ;)

    From what I understand even among Grand Islanders this is seen as pretty egregious and there’s an outpouring of support. I’ll see if I can find anything evidential…otherwise all support to the family and this young man!

    Have a nice Tuesday FP!

  2. “Students who are in possession of the aforementioned articles will be subject to mandatory suspension or expulsion procedures.”

    So, by their own policy, if they’re going to interpret the student’s action as constituting “posession of the aforementioned articles,” then they are supposed to suspend or expel him. Instead, they’re asking him to change his name.

    They’re not even following their own policy consistently!

  3. And the school official was able to defend this policy to the media without either laughing or apologizing? That requires discipline. If I had that kind of discipline, I guess I’d be a “public school spokesperson” too.

  4. This is ridiculous, but on the other hand, there is something super-creepy about naming your kid Hunter, isn’t there? It *is* kind of violent. I think that we just don’t notice the implicit violence when the name is written or spoken rather than signed because we are used to it, and the sign makes explicit what was already implicit.

  5. @Rebecca:

    ‘Hunter’ is a very old name (first and last). It might suggest violence to you, but it might be a family name, a name the parents thought sounded cool, or …just a name. I don’t think many of us associate Hunter Thompson (sp?) with violence – just drugs. You also have to remember that in that are of the country, hunting is not regarded as comparable to killing humans.

    What if the boy’s name were ‘Gunner’ or “Gunnar’? I have an exchange student who’s name is ‘Hang.’ I suspect all these names would look bad if signed, but good grief.

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