President Barack Obama has appointed Kevin Jennings to be the “Safe-School” czar. As a prt of the goals of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, one would assume that he has a complete section of staff dedictaed to the development and implementation of porgrams that would keep our children safe at school. Consider the rash of guns confiscated at schools in Miami Dade county, as well as the recent stabbing at one of their schools, the white high school student attacked by a group of black students on a bus (and it is not deemed a hate crime), and the number of recent revelations of female teachers having sex with their male students.
But, alas, Obama feels that Duncan’s staff cannot do enough, so he appointed a “Safe School” czar, who, like most of the other special advisors, is not subject to the Senate’s confirmation process.
If the safe School czar was subject to the confirmation process, one would hope that the Senators would be outraged at the behavior of Kevin Jennings as a teacher. Jennings has a pro-gay agenda, and believes in promoting homosexuality acceptance in the schools. What hasn’t seen as much press is a violation of the law in his promotion of that agenda. A male teen student confided in Jennings that he was involved with an “older man” in a homosexual relationship, which at the least amounted to statutory rape. By law, Jennings was required to report this to the authorities, yet he chose not to do so.
From the Washington Times:
According to Mr. Jennings’ own description in a new audiotape discovered by Fox News, the 15-year-old boy met the “older man” in a “bus station bathroom” and was taken to the older man’s home that night. When some details about the case became public, Mr. Jennings threatened to sue another teacher who called his failure to report the statutory rape “unethical.” Mr. Jennings’ defenders asserted that there was no evidence that he was aware the student had sex with the older man.
However, the new audiotape contradicts this claim. In 2000, Mr. Jennings gave a talk to the Iowa chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, an advocacy group that promotes homosexuality in schools. On the tape, Mr. Jennings recollected that he told the student to make sure “to use a condom” when he was with the older man. That he actively encouraged the relationship is reinforced by Mr. Jennings’ own description in his 1994 book, “One Teacher in 10.” In that account, the teacher boasts how he allayed the student’s concerns about the relationship to such a degree that the 15-year-old “left my office with a smile on his face that I would see every time I saw him on the campus for the next two years, until he graduated.”
Is this appointment another example of how the vetting process in the Obama administration is incompetent, at the least, or completely arrogant to the role these appointments are playing in the establishment of policy in today’s society? If Mr. Jennings could not comply with the laws in place to protect our youth from sexual predators, even encouraging an illegal and immoral relationship, how then can we PAY him and fund a staff for him to advise the President on programs to make our schools a safer place.
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