HOUSTON, Texas — A twenty-four year Army officer was denied entrance to his daughter’s high school in Rochester, Michigan. His offense? He was wearing the uniform of the United States Army.
Army Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker went to his daughter’s high school when he was greeted at the door by a Rochester Adams High School security guard. He went to the school with his daughter to help her learn her way around the school. The security guard informed Colonel Sherwood he would have to go home and change clothes before he could be granted entry into the building.
Baker’s wife, Rachel Ferhadson told Fox 2 in Detroit, “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 were not allowed because it may offend another student.”
Fox 2 reported this was said to the father by four different people.
Breitbart Texas spoke with the school’s principal, Mr. Kevin Cumming. “We have no such policy in this facility,” Cumming said, “nor do we have that kind of policy anywhere in the district.”
Cumming went on to explain this was a very “unfortunate incident” and that he was investigating to find out what happened to make certain it would not happen again.
“We have a great school here,” Cumming said. “I just wish people would focus on what a great job our teachers and students are doing.”
Rochester school superintendent Robert Shaner, also a military veteran, quickly apologized to the family. He then sent a letter to Fox 2 which 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.”
Principal Cumming told Breitbart Texas he hopes everything is resolved with the family and that he is working with this staff to make certain nothing like this happens again.
Bob Price is a staff writer and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.