Sunday, September 27, 2009

Safe Schools Czar Teaches 12-Year-Olds About Fisting, Hides Statutory Rape?

Who can forget the "Fistgate" scandal of 2000, which introduced children as young as 12 years old to the joys and pleasures of sado-masochism and fisting?

I'm so pleased that the founder of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) - the group behind the Fistgate fiasco - is serving in Obama's administration as the director of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. Let's review Kevin Jenning's ideas about keeping our schoolkids "safe," shall we?

If you don't know anything about fisting, you can read about it on Wikipedia (illustration not work-safe). If you don't know how dangerous it is, read the explanation of possible physical and medical problems toward the bottom of this page.

In short, fisting is a potentially UN-safe activity that I do not want my 12-year-old student being encouraged to participate in, thank you very much, Kevin Jennings.

Jennings founded GLSEN and served as Executive Director of the group at the time of the Fistgate incident.

I'm willing to overlook the fact that, in his own words, he's described his past habitual drug use.Personally, I think it's effective for kids to hear from former drug users as a deterrent from drugs. I don't know if Kevin Jennings shares my opinion on having ex-addicts address schoolkids, but I do know his stance on ex-gays:

"Ex-gay messages have no place in our nation’s public schools. A line has been drawn. There is no ‘other side’ when you’re talking about lesbian, gay, and bisexual students."

So much for diversity...

Here's what really sounds the alarm, though, about Kevin Jennings - while speaking at a GLSEN rally in Iowa in 2000, he told the story of a 15-year-old student who confided in Jennings that he met an older man in a bus station bathroom and went to the man's home in Boston. Jennings recounted that he told the student, "I hope you knew to use a condom."

Professor Warren Throckmorton discusses different written and audio versions offered by Kevin Jennings in regard to the story here.

It is apparent, judging by Jennings's attorney's assertions, that Jennings did not report the incident, as he "had no duty to report anything to anyone."

Excuse me? The written and oral versions of the story do not necessarily contradict one another on the facts - the oral delivery simply provided more details, such as the student's age, and Jennings's self-quoted response of, "I hope you knew to use a condom."

Why would Kevin Jennings use the past tense ("...hope you knew...") and a condom reference if the student did not tell him about sexual activity that had already occurred?

Why, upon hearing that a 15-year-old student was having sex with an "older man," did Jennings not immediately report the incident of probable statutory rape to law enforcement?

Why, upon hearing a 15-year-old student confess that he was meeting older gay men in bus station bathrooms, did Jennings not issue an immediate lecture on personal and physical safety? I mean, I don't let my 15-year-old son go to the mall by himself, let alone give him the opportunity to cruise bus station bathrooms for older gay men.

Perhaps Jennings's apparent endorsement of a sexual relationship between his underage student and an "older man" has its roots in Greek history, as the GLSEN presentation included:

Greek people embraced homosexuality. In fact it was considered normal for adolescent boys to have an older, wiser man as their lover.

Sorry, Kevin Jennings, but I don't feel my children are any "safer" in their schools with you at the helm.

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1 comment:

Opus #6 said...

This is a tough topic. Kudos to you for tackling it.

I learned about fisting via medical records of AIDS victims in the early 1980s. Yuck.

My kids do not need this kind of education. I would say that to discuss that with my kids would be a form of molestation.