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Danica Lesko, 12, has a hearing problem thanks to a fellow student at her school who set off some fireworks in the hallway. Danica learned sign language so she could communicate, but Principal J. Harry Westerholm of Stony Brook School in Branchburg, N.J., is threatening to suspend her for “doing sign language after being told it wasn’t allowed on the bus.” Westerholm later confirmed that “sign language, or any behavior, is not permitted if it is going to cause a disturbance on the bus,” but he could not say how signing could “cause a disturbance.” (RC/AP) ...The proper response involves just one finger.
Original Publication Date: 22 April 2001
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 7.
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