Because he got into a heated argument with the vice principal over some assigned homework about the benefits of Islam, a former Marine who served in Iraq says he has been banned from his daughter’s Washinton, D.C.-area high school.
The father, Kevin Wood said he learned that La Plata High School in La Plata, Md., had given out a history assignment requiring students to provide the benefits of Islam, and the meeting eventually got heated to the point where the school said Wood threatened them, causing his ban from school property.
Melissa Wood, the veteran’s wife, said that there would be an entirely different response had there been a similar assignment for Christianity. The assignment was three pages long and included questions such as, “How did Muslim conquerors treat those they conquered,” with the correct answer of “With tolerance, kindness and respect.”
According to news reports, Mr. Wood perceived this assignment as an effort on the part of the public school to force teaching Islam to kids, and explaining Islam in a way that he did not feel was honest.
“Last Friday, Mr. Wood made some calls to the La Playa High school and as a result the Principal issued a No Trespass order against him to keep him off school ground for everyone’s protection,” said Charles County Schools Spokesperson Katie O’Malley Simpson in a phone conversation. Asked what Wood threatened, Ms. Simpson replied, “He has a specific word for it I am not going to repeat it. We’re just saying he threatened to cause a disruption.”
Wood, a former corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was enlisted for eight years, denies that he had issued any threats, that’s why the no-trespassing order he had received was meaningless to him.
The World History class of La Plata High School is at the moment studying about Middle Eastern empires. According to Charles County Public Schools students learn how different religions that contributed to shaping of various empires throughout the history of the world. They are taught this in addition to politics, culture, geography and other things. The Wood family requested the school authorities that these lessons be removed from the assignments of her daughter and instead she may be assigned some other thing. But the school didn’t allow it.
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