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Jensen: Nebraska school officials want boy named 'Hunter' to change his name

By Rick Jensen

Liberals believe in creating institutions to solve problems.

Conservatives believe the individual is better at solving problems.

A 3 year-old deaf boy in Lincoln, Nebraska is being bullied by public school officials to change his name because the hand sign for Hunter Spanjer looks like a weapon. The Grand Island school district has a policy that forbids kids bringing to school "any instrument ... that looks like a weapon." They can't change the sign, because it's the official hand sign for his name, registered through S.E.E., Sign Exact English.

Pressure from the National Association of the Deaf and the public has compelled the district into allowing the deaf boy to keep his name. Sadly, there is no humility or sense of shame from district authorities.

The fight for the individual succeeded. The institution proved to be a gargantuan failure, and neither the district superintendent nor the school principal was fired.

An 8 year-old Baltimore student tries to chew his Pop-Tart into the shape of mountain. It looks more like a gun, so he says, "bang bang." Anne Arundel County authorities declare this to be an "inappropriate" use of his imagination and so they suspended him from school.

Neither the district superintendent nor the school principal was fired.

Kicking children out of school for harmlessly exercising creativity is what passes for education in a world where parents and teachers feel they have no influence on their local schools.

Just a few weeks ago, a seven-year-old Virginia boy was suspended for pretending a pencil was a gun at his Suffolk school. His father and neighbors were furious. Then the story went away. But not the education. What did the boy learn? He learned that admitting to doing something he didn't know was bad behavior will get you the maximum punishment. He learned that apologizing for doing something that he didn't know was bad behavior will get you the maximum punishment. He also learned that teachers and principals do not want to teach children that pencils can be dangerous. They want to teach you that using your imagination to pretend any object is a gun is punishable with exile from society. He learned that they use so-called "zero tolerance" laws to cold-heartedly deny children an education in favor of capitulation to the politically popular reaction of the day.

Neither the district superintendent nor the school principal was fired.

A second-grade teacher was suspended without pay in April, charged with possessing, carrying, storing or using a weapon for showing his students the proper ways to use tools. According to Washington Irving Elementary School officials, these deadly weapons included wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers. They were kept in a secured toolbox out of the children's reach.

Perhaps the Washington Irving Elementary School principal should hold an assembly during which she could deliver a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating how children should call police if they ever find an unattended wrench.

Sadly, neither the district superintendent nor the school principal was fired.

These institutional "solutions" to violence in schools are an obvious failure to everyone except the principals and superintendents who are delightfully relieved of their responsibilities to educate and consider the context of each student's behavior.

In this utopian liberal world, all carbon-based life forms are equally subservient to the draconian laws bequeathed from the holy sanctuaries of their state legislatures.

It's time to show zero tolerance for these small-minded, short-sighted bureaucrats infesting your public schools.

In the real world, we parents need to exercise our rights and duty by protesting, lobbying and forcing the firings or resignations of principals and superintendents (not teachers) around the country who use these zero tolerance laws as a weapon against imagination and an excuse for avoiding the difficult job of actually getting to know each student and properly guiding and directing them toward learning.

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© Copyright 2013 Rick Jensen, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Rick Jensen is Delaware's Award-Winning Conservative Talk Show Host on 1150AM WDEL and 93.7FM HD3, Streaming live on WDEL.Com from 1pm — 4pm EST. Contact Rick at rick@wdel.com, or follow him on Twitter@JensenVoiceover.

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  1. sockettuemComment by sockettuem
    June 7, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    This is a clear example of the stupidity of political correctness at it’s very zenith.

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  2. calizuz1Comment by calizuz1
    June 7, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    So what happens to those people who’s last name is Hunter. Are they supposed to change their last names to something more liberallly appropriate.

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  3. awkingsleyComment by awkingsley
    June 7, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    Parents need to approach the school boards in these cases and ask that the teacher and all of the school administrative officials involved be suspended for abusing their children. They accomplish nothing with punishing the innocent, but making them resent Police State authority, teachers, and school administration. Since gun violence comes primarily from the mentally ill, criminals, terrorists out for revenge, and a few deranged psychopaths; there is no possibility that targeting innocent children with abusive for educational purposes will stop any gun murders. In fact, targeting the innocent may increase gun violence due to anger and frustration.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      June 8, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

      It’s not impossible to imagine that they could be causing a deep seated hatred of teachers that might come back and bite them.

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  4. wingedhussar1683Comment by wingedhussar1683
    June 7, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    Parents and communities need to end teaching careers (in the case of the teacher who was suspended for showing children how to use household tools, the principal’s career should be ended), and harassment complaints filed against the administrators who tried to make the boy change his name.

    Internet charter schools are becoming more attractive on a daily basis.

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  5. jimpeelComment by jimpeel
    June 7, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    I’m sure that the female school officials wear high heel shoes which are considered a deadly weapon when used as a club. The police encourage women who are attacked to use a high heel shoe as a weapon against their attacker and if they hit him in the skull it can potentially drive a piece of the skull into the brain.

    Who’s suspending them for bringing two weapons to school every day?

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      June 10, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

      A. Back off and let those men who want to marry men, marry men.

      B. Allow those women who want to marry women, marry women.

      C. Allow those folks who want to abort their babies, abort their babies.

      D. In three generations, there will be no Democrats.

      Man – I love it when a plan comes together.

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  6. wyomanComment by wyoman
    June 7, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    As I have said before about these suspensions, Little boys might be damaged by these acts of idiocy. On the other hand If I had, at elementary school age, had the opportunity to take a vacation from school now and then for things like this I would have probably been an habitual offender..

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    • wumingrenComment by wumingren
      June 8, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

      Habitual offenders get sent to “alternative schools,” where they are treated more like inmates. My daughters had gymnastics that met after school in an alternative school. Whoa! The place is bare bones and the teachers meet once a week for mixed martial arts training so they can defend themselves. I wonder how much teaching gets done in a place like that. I think they’re just holding pens, waiting for the students to age out.

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  7. hisemiester1Comment by hisemiester1
    June 7, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    I swear, the people in this nation are going belly up. This is the sick liberal progressive ilk. Anyone remember Tab Hunter? Probably not. I would not allow my child to go to public school if I were young again and had children. All these progressive liberal idiots want is a bunch of robots.
    ps: to the FBI and NSA, you who pretend to be protectors of the people are sick twisted freaks.

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  8. bapjmpComment by bapjmp
    June 7, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    COPIED/ OLD story! How old is this kid? I read a story LAST AUGUST on yahoo about the same kid when he was 3 1/2 then. What is he the real “Benjamin Button”?

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/school-asks-deaf-preschooler-change-sign-language-name-191629255.html

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  9. handymanherbComment by handymanherb
    June 7, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    We need an open hunting season on libs, trouble is you can’t them, they are filled with bile

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  10. vegaslarry2000Comment by vegaslarry2000
    June 7, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    How about each and every Nebraska school official change their name LEGALLY before they make that requirement to a deaf kid! All those same officials need to have a letter of reprimand put in their records and have the idiot pushing for the name change fired. Obviously no one in authority in Nebraska has any idea of the rights they are stripping from this kid and his family. Where is the school district’s legal opinion from their counsel? If the opinion is that it is ok to force this, then it’s time to get a new lawyer.

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  11. pokeyComment by pokey
    June 7, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    Here is one they should recognize………..show them the middle finger!
    Hearing anything from liberals is getting so tiring. They truly do have a mental disorder and they prove it by these types of actions everyday.

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    • dsmithComment by dsmith
      June 7, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

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    • LonzoComment by Jota_
      June 7, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

      Comment by dsmith

      Actually, it would be more meaningful if it was the index finger, it is that symbol that drives them insane

      And the middle finger is more their symbol, anyway

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  12. wumingrenComment by wumingren
    June 7, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

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  13. nobodysfoolComment by nobodysfool
    June 7, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    Too bad nobody remembers these issues come election time. Control freaks run amok. And then you’ve got the NCAA going after team mascot names. And the Feds going after the Washington Redskins to change their name. Hell, they were a team before half of these so-called politicians were even a thought. Stop the madness. Do something useful with your job.

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  14. dfrieze2001Comment by dfrieze2001
    June 7, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    This Lunacy will never stop, until every single Liberal is removed from any kind of power. Our children are being in indoctrinated by liberals every day they go to class. My Nephews were home school by my sister and they were more educated. The only thing teacher teach now days is HOW BAD America is. If you don’t like what America is. GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY YOU LIKE BETTER!

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      June 9, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

      I’ve been saying this for awhile. NO Democrat–and FEW Republicans–can be trusted with political power. The Democrats have been COMPLETELY co-opted by the Communists, insane liberals and Islam, and therefore should not be allowed anywhere NEAR the reins of political power. At this point, I would not even vote for a Democrat for the office of dog catcher or sewer commissioner, for that matter. They have rolled over on the entire country and let the left-wing radicals take control of EVERYTHING. I’m afraid the entire structure of government is so infested with these insane left-wingers that it will be difficult if not impossible to find and root them all out.

      Republicans need to be vetted as loyal Americans and not Democrats in sheep’s clothing before THEY are allowed to hold powerful political office.

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  15. bobComment by bob
    June 7, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

    The source is here.
    http://youtu.be/LOAUt4zpDdE

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  16. rhaidComment by rhaid
    June 7, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

    I think the teachers and administrators that do this should be taken to the town square and tared, feathered, and publicly humiliated. These are not teachers they are politically correct bullys. This will continue untill there are conequences from the people they are suppose to be working for.

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  17. skepticComment by skeptic
    June 7, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Lawsuits are good. The only way to stop these policies is to cost the districts money.
    Taking children out and placing them in private schools or home schooling them is also good because the district loses the per child allowance from the State. Usually about 6-8 thousand dollars.

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  18. rhaidComment by rhaid
    June 7, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    Like I said before ” there is no punishment for acting like Gestapo agents”. Plese let it happen here in Franklin Pennsylvania, If I get wind of it there will be trouble.

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  19. LonzoComment by Jota_
    June 7, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    And what we truly have evidence of is how liberals think for the sake of the proper ideology it is OK to harass and bully little children. It is not hard to see how they think everything and everyone should be sacrificed to it

    Not only should they be fired but never allowed to be around children again

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  20. ctconservativeComment by ctconservative
    June 7, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    We now know that pressure cookers are weapons so if the school cafeteria contains any pressure cookers then they are violating their own moronic policy.

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  21. liesmaComment by liesma
    June 7, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    Before shipping back illegal aliens, I think we should begin sending these “fools” away to other countries. But they’re such idiots, what other countries would take them? Maybe there’s another place like Iceland that’s unpopulated that we could move them all to! Let them live in their unsecured (no military–no guns), welcome to all (any radical muslim invited), no companies–no labor (since they’re all in foreign countries) country. It could be a true hippie shang-ri-la (sp). Gee…how many of the elite far left / fools would go voluntarily, do you suppose? But that would be the best fun, you see. They would get a “number” (much like the old draft) to see when they were having to go next. If they left the US to avoid being sent and went elsewhere? Even better!

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  22. ctconservativeComment by ctconservative
    June 7, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    Does that mean a teacher named dick will have to change his name because his name could be an implement of molestation?

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  23. bobComment by bob
    June 7, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    This is part of a carefully planned and orchestrated brainwashing scheme, not just a bunch of stupid “educators”.

    Eric Holder – We Must “Brainwash” People Against Guns! – (1995)
    http://youtu.be/RXwo9lARAgg

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  24. dsmithComment by dsmith
    June 7, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    Pencils and pens can be used as a weapon to stab some one so lets ban all pencils and pens from schools what a bunch of morons these schools have become F ing bunch of communist Liberals I’m sure all voted for the communist dictator that is destroying this country.

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  25. rqueenComment by rqueen
    June 7, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Well virtually ALL of the school officials need to change their names to: IGNORANT, STUPID, IDIOT,BRAIN STUPID and I’m sure that there are a few others that I cannot think of right at this moment. They also should be required to sign a paper that they are brain-dead and should not be allowed to do anything on their own. I have a daughter and a daughter-in-law that teaches and I know that they are doing their jobs correctly(for the children) as much as their bosses (I started to put superiors in there but since they are not superior I didn’t)allow them to focus on the children.

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    • navy30Comment by navy30
      June 7, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

      The passage of zero tolerance policies immediately means common sense goes out the window. Why are such things done? We live in an absurdly litigious society with numerous times the number of lawyers than the rest of the world combined (if memory serves correctly). Teachers and other in our society faced with such policies of course are going to err on the side of following the letter of the law or policy for fear of losing their jobs or getting sued if they make a mistake. There is no room for a mistake no matter how absurd the idea is of suspending a child for pretending his pencil is a gun or that a deaf child needs his name changed to avoid the “the appearance of a gun.” The answer is that teachers need to be allowed to use common sense like, :”Little Johnny, be careful with that pencil because you can hurt someone with it.” assuming he was doing something in the first place that suggested he needed some guidance. Booting him out of school along with these other examples are the height of policy implementation run amuck.

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