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Safe Schools czar now “regrets” failure to report child predator

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 30, 2009 04:26 PM

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.

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