Obama official regrets advice to gay student

The head of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools is being criticized for advice that he gave a gay student 21 years ago.

The Obama administration defended an Education Department official who received criticism for advice he gave a gay student about sex 21 years ago, according to an article from the Associated Press.

Keving Jennings, photo provided by  www.bilerico.com
Kevin Jennings, photo provided by www.bilerico.com

Kevin Jennings, the head of the department’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools, told a student he “hoped that he had used a condom during a sexual encounter with an older man.” Jennings told the AP that at the time, his best friend had died of AIDS the week before.

“I should have asked for more information and consulted medical or legal authorities,” Jennings said. “Teachers back then had little training and 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.”

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— Katelynd Jarvis

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