Let 3 Year Old Deaf Boy, Hunter Spanjer Keep His Sign Name
  • Petitioned Dr. Robert W. Winter

This petition was delivered to:

Superintendent, Grand Island Public Schools
Dr. Robert W. Winter
Associate Superintendent, Grand Island Public Schools
Dr. Robin Dexter

Let 3 Year Old Deaf Boy, Hunter Spanjer Keep His Sign Name

    1. Marc Briggs
    2. Petition by

      Marc Briggs

      Coventry, RI

Hunter Spanjer is a 3-year-old-deaf boy from Nebraska who has been told by his school district to change the way he signs his name because the gesture resembles shooting a gun. I believe Hunter shouldn't have to change his name and that the school district is lacking common sense and compassion.

I spent five years working with deaf and hard of hearing adults and I know the importance of a sign name. It's unique to a deaf person and it's something that they shouldn't have to change. A sign name is just as real as the name you write on a piece of paper.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Hunter's dad Brian said, "I feel like it was an overreach on their part and I expected a lot better from the local school district."

Please join me in standing with Hunter by signing this petition and telling the Grand Island Public School District to let Hunter Spanjer keep his sign name.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Robert Friedman LEXINGTON, KY 40504, KY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am hard of hearing myself. I consider this petition too weakly worded. This superintendent has proven that he is unfit to have anything to do with education. He is an evil man. It is a badge of slavery to have one's name changed against one's will by someone who claims authority. There are some really loathesome people in this world.

    • Susie Bennett PASADENA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I don't think that you understand that a person's signed name is just as much their name as is their written or spoken name. This is the same thing as insisting that a student's parents go to a judge and have the student's written/spoken name legally changed because you or somebody else doesn't like it. Frankly, it doesn't matter whether you or anybody else likes it. It's his name. It's not okay to try to impose your will like that, under the threat of denying him his right to an education.

    • Will Trueman ST ANTHONY, ID
      • almost 2 years ago

      My spouse is disabled and I know that people with special needs appreciate consideration that is different than the needs of others. Violating that is not right.

    • Joshua Hopkins UTICA, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      This amounts to telling a 3-year-old that he has to change his name if he wants to attend public school. That's about as unamerican as organizing a flag burning party of Independence Day... well done Mr. Winter.

    • Ramon Whitehead EASTON, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Please............. I have a son who is hearing impaired. Asking him to change the sign for his name would be asking him to change his name. Really!!!!!!! This scjhool district has no empathy!


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