Via 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.”
Here’s the audio.
Via Tips-Q– A GLBT site (emphasis mine):
The incident that the Washington Times cites occurred in 1989 when Jennings was 24 years old and a closeted high school teacher in Massachusetts. A 15 year-old teen, “Brewster,” confided in Jennings that he had sex with an older man in a bus depot restroom. The age of consent in Massachusetts is 16. Technically, Jennings had an obligation to notify law enforcement. Had he done so, he would have exposed the boy’s sexuality — keep in mind that this was 20 years ago. The teen would have been subjected to some very embarrassing questions like what he was doing at the depot in the first place. Furthermore, this would have undermined Jennings’ ability to get students to confide in him.It was a difficult judgment call.
THIS kind of STUPID comments are exactly why the Gay/Lesbian movement continue to have problems with the “mainstream” understanding their lifestyle/opinions.
There is no technicality here, this should have been reported. A pedophile took advantage of a child – period. Being gay does not justify a statutory rape not being reported by a teacher. What would the opinion be if a 15 year old girl was trolling a bus depot and having sex with a 24 year old male stranger? Should a teachers response be – I hope you wore a condem?
This also absolutely brings into question the judgement of Mr. Jennings – and we’re supposed to assume that this man will keep our children safe???
This opinion gives the impression that gay children should not expect the same level of protection as straight children – which is sickening.