I mentioned Safe School czar Kevin Jennings in my column last week on Obama’s three Rs – rappin’, revolution, and radicalism last week.
Dr. Warren Throckmorton has done yeomen’s work unearthing Jennings’ evolving tales regarding his failure as a young gay teacher to protect a 15-year old student from a homosexual child predator.
In response to pressure from social conservatives, Jennings has now issued a statement expressing “regret” for his conduct. Via David Brody:
The Brody File just got off the phone with the Department of Education and we were given a statement from Kevin Jennings, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Jennings has been under major criticism from the conservative media. Why?
The main controversy with Jennings dates back to when he was a school teacher. A 15 year old boy confessed to him at the time that he was having homosexual sex with an adult. Yet Jennings did not report the abuse of a minor to authorities. Critics say his behavior was unethical and failed to protect the boy from a sexual predator. His defenders say Jennings had no evidence that a crime had been committed.
Before the situation spiraled way out of hand (can someone say Van Jones???), Jennings decided to release a statement of regret. Read it below:
“Twenty one years later I can see how I should have handled this situation differently. I should have asked for more information and consulted legal or medical authorities. Teachers back then had little training or guidance about this kind of thing. All teachers should have a basic level of preparedness. I would like to see the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools play a bigger role in helping to prepare teachers.”
-Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Education Secretary Arne Duncan also issued a statement standing by Jennings.
Regarding his illicit drug use, Jennings now says that the experience makes him a better safe schools czar — just as his admission of failure in handling the child predator disclosure makes him more qualified for the job.
Screw up, move up. It’s how the Obama administration rolls.