A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army was refused entry to his daughter’s high school in Rochester, Michigan, and told that before entering the building, he would have to remove his potentially “offensive” uniform and return to the school in different clothing.
Sherwood Baker, who has served in the Army for 24 years, was reportedly confronted by a security guard at Rochester Adams High School near Detroit. Baker had just arrived for an appointment to speak with his daughter’s counselor about her school schedule, reports Fox 2 News in Detroit.
“Before he was allowed in, the security guard stopped him and said, ‘Sorry, you’re not allowed in the school,'” Baker’s wife Rachel Ferhadson told Fox News. “Security told him men and women in uniform weren’t allowed because it may offend another student.”
She said her husband has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. She was shocked the security guard denied her veteran husband’s entrance into the school.
Rochester School superintendent Robert Shaner, a military veteran himself, has apologized to the family.
He addressed the controversy in a letter written to the TV station.
“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.”