Friday, October 02, 2009

Media Matters: Student at center of the Kevin Jennings controversy was of legal age

UPDATE: Former student at center of the Kevin Jennings controversy has issued a statement

For several days now conservatives in the media have been on a witch-hunt for Kevin Jennings (pictured), the U.S. Department of Education's director of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. They have attacked Jennings with homophobic, anti-gay rhetoric, falsely accused him of covering up or encouraging "statutory rape" and asked for his resignation or firing.

Media Matters for America reports:
Led by Fox News, the right-wing media have claimed that 21 years ago, when Jennings was a 24-year-old teacher at Concord Academy in Massachusetts, he "cover[ed] up statutory rape" by not reporting to authorities a conversation he had with a student who told him about being involved with an "older man."

Media Matters for America has exclusively obtained the Massachusetts drivers' license of the student confirming that at the time of the incident, he was at least sixteen years of age -- the legal age of consent in Massachusetts. READ MORE

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