Eye-Witness Teacher Says Safe Schools Czar Present at “Fistgate” Conference
By Peter J .Smith
BOSTON, December 14, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – New details on President Barack Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings have emerged, as an eye-witness has finally broken her silence and says that Jennings was present at Tufts University during the infamous “Fistgate” scandal, and says that he bears personal responsibility for the event.
Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit reports that a Massachusetts teacher – who remains anonymous out of concern for herself and her family – told him that she saw Jennings in 2000 at the 10 Year Anniversary Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN)/Boston conference at Tufts University.
At that time Jennings was the executive director of GLSEN, an organization which he founded. The event, cosponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education, featured a youth workshop on sex, specifically targeting 14-21-year-olds. During that workshop GLSEN presenters taught youth how to perform a dangerous sexual practice known as “fisting” – a practice so obscene that it cannot be described here.
The Massachusetts teacher said that Jennings was the keynote speaker for GLSEN’s conference, and was “touted as this wonderful person who helped children so that they wouldn’t be harassed by parents, and accepted in society.”
“It sounds really good, because there’s not a single teacher I know that wants any child to be mistreated,” the teacher told Hoft. She said she did not expect the conference would lead into the sexually graphic workshops, which promoted sex between adults and children.
The teacher also snapped a picture of Jennings showing him getting a lunch ticket at the event.
Hoft asked, “There’s no way that Kevin Jennings could have been at this conference and not know that there was this explosive sexual speeches, talks, materials around the conference.”
“This whole conference was his dream and his mindset. This was his vision from the very beginning,” said the teacher.
Jennings has publically stated that he dreamed of “promoting homosexuality” in schools; he has also come under fire over revelations that GLSEN promoted a pornographic reading list to children grades 7 – 12, both during and after his tenure as executive director.
These books included explicit descriptions of pre-school children engaging in sexual acts; stories portraying child-adult sexual relationships in a positive light, homosexual sex in restrooms, affairs between students and teachers, and other content too extreme to be described here. (See Gateway Pundit coverage: WARNING: Content extremely graphic)
Jennings also is a professed admirer of Harry Hay, a radical homosexual rights activist, ardent promoter of pedophilia and the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).
When news of the seminars at the GLSEN conference broke in the early 2000s, Jennings denied he knew that GLSEN presenters were promoting these activities to youth. He stated: “We need to make our expectations and guidelines to outside facilitators much more clear, because we are surprised and troubled by some of the accounts we’ve heard.” Jennings, however, also criticized the Massachusetts parents who taped the event that exposed the scandal.
However, next year’s GLSEN conference at Tufts belied Jennings’s public commitment to eliminating any repetition of the “Fistgate” scandal. Campus police maintained a strict ban on cameras and video-recorders at the 2001 GLSEN event, but the pro-family group “Mass Resistance” – which exposed the previous conference to the Boston media – was able to obtain Planned Parenthood “fisting kits” made available at the conference.
In defense of Jennings, the socially-liberal organization Media Matters commented that “neither Hoft nor the anonymous teacher provide any actual evidence that Jennings knew the specific explicit content that would be discussed at that workshop.”
But page eight of the “Teach Out” conference schedule – available from Mass Resistence – describes the “youth-only” workshop called, “What They Didn’t Tell You About Queer Sex and Sexuality in Health Class.”
A description for this workshop states: “This workshop for youth addresses what is different for glbt [sic] youth when it comes to sex, dating, relationships, HIV, etc. Come and discuss the questions you couldn’t or didn’t ask in health class âEUR¦ What does it mean to identify as queer and still be sexually active with the opposite sex âEUR¦ We will address the information you want about queer sexuality and some of the politics that prevent us from getting our needs met.”
“Remember, the buck stops with him. [Jennings] was the head of all of this,” the teacher told Hoft.
Jennings’ insistence that he bore no responsibility for scandal makes no sense, she said, for the reason that, “He brought in all of the people that would agree with him as any administrator would do. You bring in people who agree with you, who you can work with.”
President Barack Obama appointed Jennings as deputy assistant to the Office of Safe Schools in the Department of Education on July 6. According to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Jennings is “uniquely qualified for the job.”
The Gateway Pundit interview with the Massachusetts Teacher is available here.
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