Descent into comedy: Our “safe schools” czar
posted at 9:06 am on September 24, 2009 by Pundette
Let’s officially declare this the Onion presidency.
From Fox News, background on Kevin Jennings, our safe schools czar:
President Obama’s “safe schools czar” is a former schoolteacher who has advocated promoting homosexuality in schools, written about his past drug abuse, expressed his contempt for religion and detailed an incident in which he did not report an underage student who told him he was having sex with older men.
Conservatives are up in arms about the appointment of Kevin Jennings, Obama’s director of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, saying he is too radical for the job.
C’mon, you crazy conservative parents. What’s not to like?
But a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, Warren Throckmorton, has produced an audio recording of a speech Jennings gave in 2000 at a GLSEN rally in Iowa, in which Jennings made it clear that he believed the student was sexually active:
“I said, ‘What were you doing in Boston on a school night, Brewster?’ He got very quiet, and he finally looked at me and said, ‘Well I met someone in the bus station bathroom and I went home with him.’ High school sophomore, 15 years old’ I looked at Brewster and said, ‘You know, I hope you knew to use a condom.’” [Audio is available on the professor's Web site.]
There’s a fuller account of the conversation at the link.
Read the rest of the Fox story for more unsavory details. It’s not what most of us mean when we talk about our children being “safe” at school.
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