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Father battling school to see daughter graduate

A Maryland dad is suing Charles County Public Schools because he says they won’t let him watch his daughter graduate from La Plata High School.

Back in 2014, Kevin Wood told WUSA9 that the school banned him from campus after he objected to a history lesson on Islam. The lesson made his daughter write the Muslim statement of faith, or shahada: There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Court documents filed on behalf of Wood also show that she was taught most Muslims’ faith is “stronger than the average Christian” and that Islam was a “peaceful religion.”

Wood, a former Marine who fought in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, said the lesson should have included the violence some associate with the religion. He said his buddies died at the hands of Islamic extremists.

Parents object to Islam in classrooms

Wood’s lawyers’ brief argues that he called the vice principal. She became “argumentative, contending that his daughter would receive failing grades on any incomplete assignment even if his daughter could not complete the answers because they violated her Christian faith by promoting Islam.” Also, according to the brief, he then said he would “contact the media and his lawyers.”

According to the school’s statement, however, it issued a No Trespass Order in response to “perceived threats of physical harm by Mr. Wood as well as threats of significant disruption to the safe and orderly operation of the school.”

The same statement alleges that he told a school official to take the “‘Muslim-loving’ assignment and shove it up her ‘white [expletive]’ and that he promised to contact the media and 'bring a [expletive] storm down on them like they’ve never seen.’”

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, Thomas More Law Center sued Charles Country Public Schools on Wood’s behalf. The Michigan-based firm is now asking the court to temporarily lift the No Trespass Order.   

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