Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker was simply trying to help his daughter navigate her new school but was denied entry by a security guard for wearing his army uniform because it might “offend another student”.
As reported by Fox 2 News in Detroit:
Sherwood, who has served in the Army for 24 years, was told by Rochester Adams High School security that if he wanted to get into the school with his daughter he was going to have to go home and change his clothes.
Baker’s wife Rachel Ferhadson says, “Before he was allowed in, the security guard stopped him and said sorry you’re not allowed in the school. Security told him men and women in uniform weren’t allowed because it may offend another student.”
Fortunately, Superintendent Robert Shaner, a veteran himself, stepped in and apologized to the family. In a letter sent to Fox 2 he wrote:
“The district has apologized for any perception that individuals in uniform are not welcome in the school. The district does not have a policy excluding individuals in uniform and will be working with administration and the firm that handles our security to make sure district policies are understood and communicated accurately.”
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Since when is it offensive to students attending American schools to see a man or woman wearing the uniform of our Armed Forces who serve to protect us from foreign and domestic enemies? It begs one to wonder where the security guard’s allegiance lies. What do you think?