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‘Offensive’: Officer Barred from Entering Daughter’s School in Uniform

By Rebekah MaxwellBarbWire guest contributor 

From Common Core math to sex ed in kindergarten, our kiddos are learning all kinds of questionable lessons in the public classrooms. And if those lessons offend any parents, we’re often politely told to stuff it….keep calm and enjoy the indoctrination of your offspring.

But surely, the most important lesson drilled into a student’s developing brain is that of tolerance: we don’t judge people on how they look or what they wear, but we must accept their differences.

Except when that person is a parent in a military uniform. That’s too offensive for our poor 16-year-olds’ sensibilities.

As Independent Journal Review reports:

A lieutenant colonel was escorting his daughter to Rochester Adams High School in Michigan, when the man in uniform was rudely informed that he would not be permitted to enter the premises.

The reason that the military officer was given? His uniform “might offend people.”

Say what now?

The security personnel hired by the school told the 24-year veteran Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker that if he wanted to take his daughter inside the building, he would have to go home and change clothes.

Lt. Col. Baker’s wife Rachel Ferhadson told WJBK, “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.”

Picture that scenario: A veteran officer, whose taxes pay for said school, who has served his nation for almost a quarter-century, who is a parent of a student at said school…and a school-day security guard decides to step to him?

Because the mere sight of a man in American military dress is “offensive” to teenagers…in America? Such a grievous potential danger to the high schooler’s psyche that we’re willing to offend a military officer with a lifetime of service defending them from enemies with big guns and bad attitudes.

The school superintendent Robert Shaner, who is a military veteran himself, went out of his way to apologize to the family for the misconduct of the security personnel.

Good for the superintendent. It makes one wonder if the delicate high schoolers had known about his military record, whether they might have been (gasp) offended.

To sum up:

Teachers giving lap dances to their students?: Not offensive.

Teaching students that the Holocaust was a hoax? Not offensive.

A ban on student Bible classes, but allowing Muslim prayers in school? Not offensive.

But a dad in an army uniform peaceably walking down the hall? Why, I never!

How dare we remind ourselves that we sleep peacefully in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf! Shall we not make mock ‘o the uniforms that guard us while we sleep? Our better yet, never see them. Just hide them away from view, the last vestiges of an archaic America, secure and sovereign.

After all, we wouldn’t want to offend our enemies.

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