Kevin Wood, a Marine Corps veteran who fought and lost friends in Iraq, says he complained to school officials at La Plata High School in Maryland after his daughter was given a mandatory homework assignment about the religion of Islam. However, his request for an alternate assignment was denied and he was reportedly banned from his daughter’s school entirely.
The assignment in question reportedly required 11th grade students to write a three-page essay about the “five pillars” of Islam, Mecca and Mohammed.
“I don’t agree with it,” Wood told Fox News in a phone interview. “You can’t study God or Christianity in school. You’ve got atheist suing schools for saying ‘God’ in the pledge and not being able to say prayers before football games, but we can force-feed our kids Islam.”
When the father confronted school officials at La Plata High School, he said they defended the assignment and would not allow his daughter to complete an alternative assignment.
In a recent interview with SoMD News, Wood was a little more descriptive as to what he told a school official about the assignment.
“I told her straight up, ‘you could take that Muslim-loving piece of paper and shove it up your white [expletive],'” Wood said. “If [students] can’t practice Christianity in school, they should not be allowed to practice Islam in school.”
It was unclear if that was the blunt comment that got him banned from the school.
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Katie O’Malley-Simpson, a spokesperson for the school, said Wood was banned from school property after he allegedly threatened to cause a “possible disruption.”
“We’re not teaching religion, we’re teaching world history,” she added.
Wood’s wife, Melissa, said the “problem” is that school officials have no idea “what he endured when he was over in Iraq.” She also revealed that “he lost friends, and he lost brothers and sisters to these people.”
She said in a recent interview that her husband never made any threats and the situation has "gotten totally blown out of proportion."
While the family is attempting to resolve the matter, Wood said his daughter will take an “F” for the assignment if she is not given the opportunity to complete a different assignment, Fox News reports.