Kevin Jennings admits that he knew about 15-year-old boy's sexual relationship with older man and did nothing to report or stop it
“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 released a statement. Read it below:
"Kevin Jennings has dedicated his professional career to promoting school safety. He is uniquely qualified for his job and I am honored to have him on our team."
-Arne Duncan, Education Secretary
From ABC's Jake Trapper:
That Jennings knew of a sexually active 15-year-old, of any gender, involved with “an older man” and didn’t take steps to report that relationship to the student’s parents or to authorities has made him a target for criticism -- long before he was put in charge of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools. . . . .