John Kevin Wood says he’s been banned from setting foot on the campus of his daughter’s school in Maryland ever since he complained about what a teacher had planned for a lesson. Wood says the ban has lasted more than a year.
Wood raised concerns about his daughter learning about Islam. He’s now gone to court to get a judge to lift the ban so he can watch her graduate.
“She’s in the final semester of her senior year, and as it stands right now, she’s going to have to go through that life experience without her dad there,” said Kate Oliveri, Wood’s lawyer.
Back in Oct. 2014, Wood’s daughter showed him 11th grade World History assignments that required her to memorize the Five Pillars of Islam and to write and recite the shahada, the Muslim statement of faith.
Wood — a Marine veteran — believed the school wasn’t simply teaching Islam: It was promoting it. He says when he complained about the assignments, the school issued a no-trespass order against him. He explained his objections in this report, which aired on WUSA in 2014.
The school claims Wood made verbal threats against the facility, a claim Wood denies.
Wood and his wife have since sued the Charles County school system, alleging the high school’s Islam lessons violated their daughter’s civil and constitutional rights.
The school maintains the lessons were to teach students about Middle Eastern empires and the role Islam played in history and culture. The course also covers other religions.
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told The Washington Post the lawsuit is “an example of the anti-Islam campaign that’s being waged nationwide in schools.”