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Homophobia and Scares of Child Sex – The Next “Big” Rethug Scandal

The Washington Times and Fox News are at it again. An Obama Tsar to be marred in scandal. This scandal has enough to get every red blooded Republican angry, but it is of course without serious foundation. That of course will not stop the calls for heads to roll.

Kevin Jennings is Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Department of Education’s Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools. He is gay. That has got every bigot group in the Country targeting him and the Washington Times has just sent out some red meat.

The subheading gives the story away

Safe school czar’ encouraged child sex with an older man

A teacher was told by a 15-year-old high school sophomore that he was having homosexual sex with an “older man.” At the very least, statutory rape occurred. Fox News reported that the teacher violated a state law requiring that he report the abuse. That former teacher, Kevin Jennings, is President Obama’s “safe school czar.

The incident in question happened in 1989. Jennings was 24 and was a teacher in Massachusetts. A student of his, aged 15, told Jennings that he had sex with an older man in a bus depot restroom. The age of consent in Massachusetts is 16. No age of this “older man” is given, 16, 17, 20, 30 or 40. No details of how old this 15 year old will be provided by fox. 15 years and a day, or 15 years and 364 days. Technically it makes no difference if the older man was 16 and the 15 year old was 15 and 364 days. Most Republicans would however accept a sexual relationship between 15 year old nearing his sixteenth birthday and a girl of 16 or even 20. The homosexual nature of this will allow for no mitigation.

Although people may wish that teenagers are not sexually active, the fact remains they are. Jennings had however gained the trust of the boy. Trust he would have lost had he reported that to the police. In 1989, America was a very homophobic place to be. In part encouraged by the rise of the religious right. Had Jennings of gone to the police, he would have outed the boy at school.

Coming out is a difficult experience in itself. Being forced out by a teacher you trusted would have been devastating.

It would also have completely undermined the ability of Jennings to gain the trust of any of his pupils.

To say the least, notifying the authorities or ensuring the trust of your pupils would have been a difficult call. I say he got it right. Queerty is surprisingly more reticent with their support. The usual hate blogs are already twisting this.

Jennings has discussed this as moral choices facing teachers, he is on record for it, hence the comment by the Times;

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.”

Think back to 1989, when HIV was a real death sentence. (I would have been a similar age to the “child” in question). That one bit of advice, use a condom, given his high risk sexual activities, probably saved his life if he listened to it. Would that advice have been given equal standing if Jennings had betrayed the trust of his pupil?

None of the truth really matters though. Watch Fox News and the right twist this. I fear we will cave on this, just as Van Jones and Acorn and give their baying hounds some more red meat.

  1. September 30, 2009 at 1:09 am

    And if I may point out, Jennings did not encourage the relationship in any way. The Washington Times published a truncated version of what Jennings said in his 1994 book.

    • thebigotbasher
      September 30, 2009 at 1:15 am

      I agree, the WT is twisting this story, but full facts and information would ruin their smear.

  2. Pymnstullylom
    May 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    be happy and love. kiss

  1. October 1, 2009 at 4:47 am

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