ROCHESTER, Mich. (WJBK) – Lieutenant Colonel Sherwood Baker says he is just a father who was trying to help his daughter find her way at her new high school.
Sherwood, who has served in the Army for 24 years, was told by Rochester Adams High School security that if he wanted to get into the school with his daughter he was going to have to go home and change his clothes.
Baker’s wife Rachel Ferhadson says, “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.”
Rochester, MI is a rather upscale suburb of Detroit.
The school system superintendent says he’s solved the issue, and I’d like to think he has.
Before I put my outrage meter into overdrive, I always like to ask a few questions.
Were the security guards public employees, or were they provided through a third party contractor?
What is the school policy regarding parents and other non students entering the school or campus?
Does the school have a policy regarding allowing military recruiters entrance to campus? Many schools would sometimes restrict campus visits by recruiters, and it is possible the security might have thought LTC Baker was a recruiter.
While we like to know more before we are outraged, we’ll note that very often, persons in security tend to have an overbroad view of their powers, stopping people they have no authority to stop. A common, similar problem, is federal security and police in Washington, DC prohibiting people from filming federal buildings, even though there is absolutely no law against it, and multiple federal court decisions protecting it. And yet, security still stops people.