An Army dad was reportedly told by security officers at his daughter’s high school in Rochester, Michigan, that if he wanted to enter the building in order to speak to her school counselor, he would have to remove his potentially “offensive” clothing – his military uniform.
Lieutenant colonel Sherwood Baker, who has served in the Army for 24 years, was reportedly turned away from Rochester Adams High School by a security guard after he attempted to keep an appointment to speak with his daughter’s counselor about her school schedule, reports Fox 2 News Detroit. The girl was reportedly a new student at the school and he was attempting to help her adjust.
“Before he was allowed in, the security guard stopped him and said, 'Sorry, you’re not allowed in the school,'” said Baker’s wife Rachel Ferhadson. “Security told him men and women in uniform weren’t allowed because it may offend another student.”
Baker’s daughter Kelly says the way he was treated was unusual and that strangers generally express gratitude toward him for serving his country. She says one kind person once paid for their meal at a restaurant, according to Fox 2.
Rochester School superintendent Robert Shaner, a military veteran himself, is standing behind the father and his family. In a letter written to Fox 2, he stated, “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.”
Sources: Fox 2 News Detroit
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