After Suing Maryland Public School For Teaching Their Daughter HOW TO CONVERT TO ISLAM, USMC Veteran & Father Banned from Daughter’s Graduation
Maryland parents Melissa and John Wood sued the Charles County Public Schools System, the Board of Education of Charles County, and the principal and vice principal of La Plata High School for violating their daughter’s civil rights under U.S. Code 42 (1983). Not only is the school instructing students to learn and perform Islamic rituals, it prohibits students from taking home the textbook in which Islamic ideology is taught. And after Mr. Wood, an 8-year U.S. Marine Corps veteran complained, the school issued a “no trespass” order– from the public school where his daughter attends. And banned him from attending his daughter’s graduation.
Wood claims he fought to defend the freedom of public school education– and yet he and his family have been retaliated against– by the very school his actions and taxpayer dollars support.
John Wood was deployed in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After serving in the Marine Corps, he became a firefighter and responded to the Pentagon attack on September 11, 2001.
The Woods claim in the lawsuit that the school system and its administrators have repeatedly violated his daughter’s First Amendment rights by promoting “Islam over other faiths, such as Christianity or Judaism.”
And the school is hiding it from the parents.
Their daughter’s 11th grade World History class uses two different textbooks – one they can take home (excludes Islamic texts) and one they can’t take home (includes Islamic texts).
The lawsuit states:
“C.W. and her classmates in 11th grade World History were instructed that the Islamic religion is a fact while Christianity and Judaism are just beliefs. For example that the ‘Qur’an is the word of Allah as revealed toMuhammad in the same way that Jews and Christians believe the Torah and the Gospels were revealed to Moses and the New Testament writers,’ and that Muhammad was visited by the Angel Gabriel who proclaimed to him that there is only one true god.
“C.W. and her classmates in 11th grade World History were instructed from the Qur’an that “Men are the managers of the affairs of women” and that “[r]ighteous women are therefore obedient.” This statement conflicts with Plaintiffs and C.W.’s Christian beliefs and heritage that C.W. is blessed by God with the talents, gifts, and abilities to manage her own affairs and to place her obedience with God.”
Wood’s attorney argues that the school banning Wood is depriving him of:
Meaningful involvement in the direction of his daughter’s education, saying, “by giving a principal unfettered discretion to ban him – the father of a student – from school grounds without any hearing or opportunity to defend himself because he brought to light the school’s unconstitutional practices.”
It also violates the Fourteenth Amendment and contradicts Supreme Court rulings on the right of the parent to direct the education of their own child.