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Safe Schools Czar – Really?
From 2009 – 2011, Kevin Jennings served as Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar,” with the formidable official title of Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education.
According to Fox News, Jennings – a former teacher himself – has advocated for the promotion of homosexuality in schools and, on one known occasion, failed to report a probable sexual encounter between a 15 year old student and an older adult.[i] When told by the boy: ‘Well, I met someone in the bus station bathroom and I went home with him,'” Jennings told the student, “You know, I hope you knew to use a condom.” The young man answered “Why should I? My life isn’t worth saving anyway.”[ii]
Following media reports showing the boy as 15 and therefore, underage in Massachusetts, where the incident occurred, the ex-student reportedly came forward to advise that he was actually 16 at the time – the Massachusetts age of consent. He also said in an interview with Media Matters, that he “…had no sexual contact with anybody at the time.”[iii] In a 2000 speech however, Jennings indicated the boy was 15.[iv] This was apparently Jennings’ belief at the time of the incident.
[i] Maxim Lott, (September 23, 2009), Fox News web-site: Politics, Critics Assail Obama’s ‘Safe Schools’ Czar, Say He’s Wrong Man for the Job, retrieved March 3, 2011 from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/23/critics-assail-obamas-safe-schools-czar-say-hes-wrong-man-job/
[ii] Fox News, (October 3, 2009), Fox News web-site:Politics, Former Student Defends Obama’s ‘Safe Schools’ Czar Against Allegations, retrieved March 4, 2011 from http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/03/student-defends-obamas-safe-schools-czar-allegations/
[iv] William F. Jasper, (December 7, 2009), The New American, Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar”: Homosexual Activist and Founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network Kevin Jennings, Now Obama’s Safe-Schools Czar, Is Using His Position to “Queer” American Education, Volume 25, Issue 25, 17+
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