A former Marine who became upset when his daughter was given a homework assignment on the Islamic ‘religion’ was banned last week from La Plata High School, after he allegedly threatened to cause a disruption at the school over the assignment.
SoMD News Kevin Wood was issued a no-trespass order last week after a telephone call with La Plata High Vice Principal Shannon Morris on Thursday. Wood called to air complaints regarding his daughter’s world history assignment that asked students to examine elements of the Islamic religion.
Wood said in an interview Monday afternoon outside of the school system’s central office that he did not wish for his daughter, a junior at La Plata, to learn the Islamic religion, a faith he does “not believe in,” he said.
Wood and his wife, Melissa Wood, said they reached out to the school last week and asked that their daughter be removed from her world history course for the duration that the class covered Islam. The Woods said they spoke by a telephone to a woman, who they identified as “Ms. Pearl,” who listened to their request and said she would investigate the possibility of an alternative assignment.
It was Morris who returned their phone call, the Woods said. Morris informed them that the teacher could not offer an alternative assignment, and any assignment the Woods’ daughter missed would receive a failing grade.
“I told her straight up ‘you could take that Muslim-loving piece of paper and shove it up your white ass” Kevin Wood said in an interview. “If [students] can’t practice Christianity in school, they should not be allowed to practice Islam in school.”
Kevin Wood, who identified himself as Catholic, denied that he had issued any threats or that he had planned to show up on the La Plata campus Monday.
In a later phone call with Morris, Kevin Wood said he blasted the school for violating his daughter’s “constitutional rights” and said he would contact the media and “bring a shit storm down on them like they’ve never seen.” “Nowhere did he ever threaten,” Melissa Wood said. “And this is where it’s gotten totally blown out of proportion.” The La Plata school resource officer informed Kevin Wood by phone Friday he was not allowed on the property.
Policies exist that allow a child to complete an alternative assignment if the parents complain, O’Malley-Simpson said, but not in the case of world history. (Islam is not part of world history) Administration will not be discontinuing the assignment in dispute, O’Malley-Simpson said.
The Woods’ daughter skipped the world history class Monday and will not complete any more assignments, per her parent’s wishes. She will receive “zeros” on those assignments, the Woods said.
Melissa Wood called the school’s full post, which included line about “ensuring the safety of students and staff of the school” a “smear” against her husband. She said that she intends to address the matter both with the Maryland Department of Education and her state legislators.
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