Jones, a frequent visitor to Dearborn to protest what he calls “Islamic extremism,” has scheduled a demonstration outside Edsel Ford High School against what he says is bullying by “Muslim gangs.”
“In response to several inquiries from concerned parents, community leaders and the media, Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad wants to reassure the community that his department is fully prepared to facilitate the peaceful and safe visit of Terry Jones to the Dearborn area,” the department said in a press release Friday.
The protest is expected to be held from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday.
Jones, 60, said he plans to meet with the school’s principal about what he says is a problem with Muslim teens beating up other students.
Dearborn schools spokesman David Mustonen said Jones’ claims of bullying by Muslim students are unfounded.
He said Jones has not contacted the school district about a meeting.
Jones recently has been accused of being a catalyst for violent protests throughout the Middle East for promoting an inflammatory anti-Islam film called “Innocence of Muslims.”
Jones said he is not to blame for the outbreaks, one of which is blamed in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, the envoy to Libya.
“Nothing excuses that type of violence, whether it’s burning a book (the Quran) or showing a movie,” Jones told The News on Friday.
Jones said he is just “raising awareness of the radical elements of Islam” and practicing his First Amendment right of free speech.