For Immediate Release: November 17, 2011
Contact: Diane Gramley 1.814.271.9078 or 1.814.437-5355
What a Joke! US Department of Education Wants to Investigate Penn State
(Harrisburg) — The Monday after former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was arraigned on 40 criminal counts dealing with his alleged sexual assault of boys and young teens , Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told an AP reporter that the Penn State sexual assault case made him “extraordinarily angry.” Two days later the US Department of Education announced it will begin an investigation into Penn State to determine whether the school followed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and the Campus Crime Statistics Act. However, the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA) notes that this response to the homosexual predator case is extremely hypocritical of Arne Duncan who is pushing school districts to approve gay straight alliance clubs which potentially places students in the path of homosexual predators.
On June 14 Secretary Duncan sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to federally funded schools across the country advising them about establishing school clubs, especially gay straight alliance clubs in order to ” help ensure that all students, including LGBT and gender nonconforming students, have a safe place to learn, meet, share experiences, and discuss matters that are important to them.” The AFA of PA agrees that all students should be provided a safe learning environment, but to encourage a dangerous lifestyle is irresponsible. Duncan is laying the groundwork to create potential Penn State sex scandals in middle and high schools across the country.
“In his letter Duncan quoted extensively from the fraudulent data from the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National School Climate Survey which was compiled and interpreted entirely by GLSEN’s own in-house activists, targeted only students who identify as homosexual, bisexual, transgender or a sexual orientation other than heterosexual and organizations promoting homosexuality and was simply posted on their website. He used bad statistics in his “Dear Colleague” letter,” explained Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of PA.
There is a growing indication that a link exists between GSAs in schools and community based homosexual groups. This places adolescent members of GSAs in contact with adult homosexuals in the area, thus placing them in danger of potential assault.
Examples in PA include the Rainbow Room in Bucks County which is also working to create activists through the Abington Township GSA. A GSA leadership summit held at Dickinson College in 2009 and this year placed students who either self-identify as ‘gay’ or their allies in potentially danger situations. The homosexual organization Common Roads in Harrisburg works closely with area GSAs. These are but a few examples of the type relationships between homosexual groups and gay straight alliance clubs with which Arne Duncan is apparently okay.
“The alleged assaults and cover-up at Penn State do need to be investigated, but Arne Duncan needs to rethink his support of gay straight alliance clubs and be truthful with schools about what the Equal Access Act says in its entirety. Because that law does not “limit the authority of the school, its agents or employees, to maintain order and discipline on school premises.” Administrators and school boards who question the wisdom of forming a homosexual club have reason to be concerned,” further explained Gramley.
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