A security guard denied the father of one student entry into her school. Was it because he was an estranged dad with a violent temper? Was it because he behaved in a menacing manner or threatened the security guard? Nope, it was the way he was dressed. The man, a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Army, was clad in his uniform, which the security guard feared might “offend” some of the students.
“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 weren’t allowed because it may offend another student,” Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker’s wife, Rachel, told local Fox affiliate MyFoxDetroit.
Baker was there to meet with his daughter’s counsellor at her new school to help her get squared away with her class schedule, but was told by the Rochester Adams High School security guard that if he wanted to accompany his daughter inside, he’d have to go home and change his clothing.
Rochester Schools superintendent Robert Shaner, himself a veteran, apologized to the family for the incident.
In a letter to MyFoxDetroit, Shaner wrote:
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.
Watch Wednesday’s Fox & Friends telephone interview of Rachel Baker.