Sign Language Ban Imposed on N.J. Girl
School officials have threatened a hearing-impaired girl with suspension if she uses sign language to talk to her friends on the school bus, the girl's parents say.
Danica Lesko and her parents say sign language is the only way to for the 12-year-old to communicate, especially while riding to school on a noisy bus.
But officials at Stonybrook School — which is not a school for the hearing-impaired — and district officials in Branchburg, N.J., apparently believe signing is a safety hazard. They have sent a letter to the Lesko family ordering Danica to stop using sign language on the school bus or risk a three-day suspension.
"The Board is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to all students with disabilities, and is satisfied that there has been no violation of that policy in this case," officials said in the statement. "The Board is also committed to assuring the safety of all students who travel on District buses, and will continue to take appropriate steps to accomplish that goal."
LET'S PLAY A FUN GAME.
How do you think Sign Language is a SAFETY HAZARD?
How are students signing on the bus a safety hazard?
They are just so fast that sparks fling from their fingers and might cause a small fire.
Students learning that signed languages exist as real languages in this world might make them question whether English is really the Supreme Language of All Things.
Students who don't know ASL are demanding to learn it because ASL is cool, and the school can't find a qualified teacher.
Something something something Québec Protests.
I HAVE A THEORY that it's none of the above.
What is your alternate theory about ASL on the bus?
On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is Totally Not Evil and 10 is Way More Evil Than Don, how evil are the people who ban Sign Language on school buses?
Mean: 9.63 Median: 10 Std. Dev 1.31
|Not Evil 1||1 (1.8%)|
|Way More Evil Than Don 10||49 (86.0%)|
Obligatory Melle Question