I was looking at the news today, just surfing through yahoo and such, when THIS ITEM caught my eye. Now you know I understand the need for rules and discipline--to an extent. Without it there can be chaos. But is this type of thing really necessary? Or have these authorities got WAAAAY around the bend?
According to the article, a little boy (Hunter), who is deaf, "signs his name by crossing his forefinger and index finger and moving his hand up and down." And the school district has made the outrageous demand that the child change his name. Why?
Because in their mind his sign looks like a gun.
Seriously? A gun? I guess people aren't allowed to cross their fingers for luck, either. Yes. It's that stupid!!!
The district claims that it violates a rule that forbids anything in the school that looks like a weapon and that they are "working with the parents to come to the best solution we can for the child."
The best solution? How about letting him be called by his name? And signing it. Any other solution would be ridiculous.
To add to the craziness, this isn't a sign the child just made up to irritate his teachers. His father reports it is a "a symbol. An actual sign, a registered sign, through S.E.E."
Why is it that so many authorities have gone overboard about this kind of thing? I know we've had some horrible tragedies in schools, but do they REALLY think allowing this preschooler to use his name could really cause anything similar to the shocking events in Colorado, or just recently in Baltimore, Maryland?
IMHO, that is just stupid. AND it disrespects the people who's lives were forever changed by those aforementioned tragedies.
Yes, we need rules and, yes, we need discipline. But for God's sake, choose your place and time to make those rules. Make sure the rules are correct and will make a difference.
I wonder...would little Bamm Bamm Rubble of The Flintstones cartoon be told he couldn't use his name at his school if he lived in this day and age? After all, his name could be said to "sound" like a weapon.
Ridiculous? You're damn right it is!!!