Sadly ironic, the Fox News affiliate WJBK in Detroit, Mich. updated on Sept. 11, 2014 a developing incident involving a U.S. Army officer being turned away from his daughter’s new school due to him being attired in the uniform of his country. To add insult to injury, the multi-tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq soldier was informed the reason for his denial on campus was due to the possibility that the mere sight of a uniformed member of the Armed Forces “may offend” a student.
Earlier this week, Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker stopped off at Rochester Adams High School in suburban Detroit’s Rochester Hills to speak with his Freshman daughter’s guidance counselor regarding her class schedule. However, Col. Baker was initially refused admittance on school grounds because he wasn’t wearing a tie. Donned in his Army-issued desert camouflage utility uniform (which doesn’t include a necktie), the Colonel was then informed by a school security guard that uniformed members of the Armed Forces were banned from campus because any given student may take offense.
Col. Baker’s wife, Rachel Ferhadson, verified to WJBK that her husband was given instructions in no uncertain terms by four different school officials that he wouldn’t gain entrance to campus until he changed out of his uniform. Causing outrage by many in the community, WJBK noted in a separate article also on Sept. 11, 2014 that a number of citizens in support of Col. Baker were planning on a “‘friendly protest’ at Rochester Adams High School in an effort to show support for the Army soldier turned away from his daughter’s school, because he was in uniform.”
Rochester Hills is also home to the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit (IAGD). The group has ties with the executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Dawud Walid. As reported by Front Page magazine in 2008, Walid has a history of urging Muslims to donate to the terrorist organization Hezbollah, and he also has publicly defended the jihadist tactic of suicide bombings. Rochester Adams High School is roughly 4 miles from the facility.