On the other hand…

Yesterday’s post was a tribute to professional and community service people who share the care giving work and make our lives so much better.

Sadly, there are plenty of care givers with horror stories of insensitive, unresponsive or just plain mean folks who add difficulty to the day’s challenges.

A Nebraska family, care givers to a deaf child, is dealing with an unhelpful school district:

Hunter Spanjer says his name with a certain special hand gesture, but at just three and a half years old, he may have to change it.

“He’s deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy,” explained Hunter’s father, Brian Spanjer.

Grand Island’s “Weapons in Schools” Board Policy 8470 forbids “any instrument…that looks like a weapon,” But a three year-old’s hands?

“Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous. This is not threatening in any way,” said Hunter’s grandmother Janet Logue.

Words fail us.  But this brought to mind one of Jesus’ harsh criticisms of earthly authorities: “For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.” (Luke 11:46 ESV)

UPDATE:  The school system backed off on this, according to a follow up link at the article.  That’s a relief.  But feel free to vent your horror stories on this thread if it is helpful.

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