Ex-Marine banned from daughter’s school after threat over Islam homework

Oct 31, 2014 by

A former Marine has been banned from his daughter’s school in Maryland after he took issue with her homework assignment on Islam.

Kevin Woods was angered after he found his daughter, an 11th grade student at La Plata High School, had been given a three page exercise last Wednesday that examined Islam’s five pillars.

Woods and his wife Melissa asked the school to give their daughter an alternative assignment, but were told that she either do the assignment or receive a zero grade.

Kevin and Melissa Woods were angered after they found that their daughter, an 11th grade student at La Plata High School in Maryland, had been given a three page exercise examining Islam’s five pillars

Woods and his wife Melissa asked the school to give their daughter an alternative assignment, but were told that she either do the assignment or receive a zero grade

Woods and his wife Melissa asked the school to give their daughter an alternative assignment, but were told that she either do the assignment or receive a zero grade

‘We’re not teaching religion, we’re teaching world history,’ school spokesperson Katie O’Malley-Simpson told Fox News.

She alleges that Wood was threatening to cause a disruption, which is why he was issued a no-trespass order last Thursday after a telephone call with the school’s vice principal Shannon Morris.

‘I told her straight up “you could take that Muslim-loving piece of paper and shove it up your white a**,’” Kevin Wood told SoMd.

‘If [students] can’t practice Christianity in school, they should not be allowed to practice Islam in school.’

Wood, a former corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was enlisted for eight years, denies that he had issued any threats.

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 s*** storm down on them like they’ve never seen.’

School spokesperson Katie O’Malley-Simpson, left, said the school was teaching history rather than religion, while Melissa Woods, right, said her husband didn’t think all Muslims were bad

Wood, a former corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was enlisted for eight years, denies that he had issued any threats

Wood, a former corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was enlisted for eight years, denies that he had issued any threats

‘My husband’s issues, and mine too, are that they’re teaching Islam, but they are not teaching the current events on Islam,’ Melissa Woods told Yahoo Parenting.

‘They are making Islam sound like [its followers] are peaceful people… He is not saying all Muslims are bad.’

The Woods are scheduled to meet soon with the Board of Education and the school principal to try and resolve their differences. If they can’t, they say their daughter won’t do the assignment and will take the ‘F.’

World History is one of three social studies classes, along with American History and U.S. Government, required for graduation under Maryland standards.

‘I want to take this further, because I feel like if they don’t take it out of the curriculum, parents should at least have the authority to say if they want their kids to participate,’ said Melissa Woods.

‘There should be alternative assignments to this.’

via Ex-Marine banned from daughter’s school after threat over Islam homework | Daily Mail Online.

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    Teacher with brain

    Part of growing up in formed in a world that is shrink includes understanding basic tenets of other major world religions. Is slum is, I believe, the second largest world religion. It is regrettable that there are folks who represent Islam in a manner that promotes terrorist behavior. That aside, learning about the fundamental pillars of the faith is a part of social science curriculum, just as learning about the fundamental beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. This is not teaching religion from the standpoint of proselytizing, rather it is part of the social studies standards. The school was well within their rights to expect the students to complete this assignment. Simile, I prefer to have a fundamental understanding of other religious traditions so that as I move through the world and meet people from different places, I have a grasp of where they may be coming from, and I can treat them with respect. I consider this to be part of 21st-century education and world literacy.

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