that a school is applying a poorly thought out draconian policy to an innocent child?
On a global stage, this may be a non-story, but at a local level, it's ridiculous.
If I name my kid FuckypantsGiantcock, it's not a newsworthy event when they decide not to use his name in that form.
There's a huge difference between you being an inept parent and an idiot school official mistaking a simple sign language gesture for something offensive.
This isn't "Bobby held a banana like a gun so no more bananas allowed and Bobby's expelled!!" Equivocating it to that is just lazy.
Except that it is, minus the expulsion. Banana, hand gesture, whatever. It's clearly not a weapon and the school district is attempting to eliminate it based on some idiot's claim that it resembles one.
I'm sure little Hunter can learn a sign for his name that isn't offensive fairly trivially, but no, the better option is a national news story, a Facebook protest page, and his parents going on the interview circut. That's definitely what's best for the kid.
It's definitely not what's best for the kid, I agree, but then neither is trying to explain to a 3 year old deaf child that simply signing his name is offensive to some idiot(s) so he must do it differently. This three year old almost certainly doesn't have the cognitive ability to understand the underlying circumstance here, and given the ridiculousness of the claim, dismissing the issue altogether would be in everyone's best interest, but apparently school officials thought otherwise. In that context, I have no problem with them being made fools of on a national stage.