Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker Denied Entrance by Security Guard to See his Daughter at Rochester Adams High School in Oakland County, MI Because His Uniform May Offend Students
READING, WRITING AND RENT-A-COPS …
What is going on in the schools today in this country? Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker was denied entrance to the high school that his daughter attends by a dim-bulb security guard because he was wearing his military uniform. WHAT!!! The incident took place at Rochester Adams High School in Oakland County, Michigan. The security guard told Lt. Colonel Baker, who has served 24 years in the U.S. Army, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, that the school’s policy does not allow military uniforms because it may ‘offend students.’ OFFEND STUDENTS? Are you kidding me … maybe it is the students who would be offended by a military uniform that need to be denied entrance to the school. Whoever the security guard was that did this needs to be fired. Obviously, the rent-a-cop overstepped his bounds and thought he was being all big and bad with an individual who actually commands respect.
When Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker tried to meet his daughter, who was sitting in the counseling office at her high school, the Army officer was denied entrance by school security. When Baker asked why he couldn’t enter the office building, security told him that the school’s policy does not allow military uniforms because it may ‘offend students.’
The incident occurred at Rochester Adams High School in Oakland County, MI near Detroit.
Sherwood’s wife, Rachel Ferhadson, was waiting in the car said that Baker was told he would not be allowed on school property unless he changed his attire. The security officer claimed that men and women dressed in uniform were not allowed on the campus.
“They told him some kids might not understand and might be offended. So they gave him a choice, told him he could phone in to the office or go home and change his clothes,” said Ferhadson.
Not only should the school and district apologize, they also should make it a point to bring those in the US military Armed Forces into the school to understand just who makes i possible that they are able to live safe and get an education.
Rochester Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner apologized to the family of a U.S. Army officer who was turned away from a district high school for wearing his uniform.
Shaner, a veteran who served in the U.S. Marines from 1990-94, stressed that this is not the district’s policy. He said the security company is contracted and that school officials have met with the security officers to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
“I’ve been on deployment. I understand what people go through and the sacrifices people make. I understand the expectation to be respected for what you’ve done,” Shaner said. “I understand that what has taken place deeply hurts people. We will correct it.”
Shaner said that he has spoken with Baker and his wife to personally apologize and tell them “this is not the behavior we expect.”
Thank you for your service Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker.