The fallout over a rude question by a Glendale Valley student at a townhall event for student journalists by presidential candidate and Congressman Jack Kimble (CA-54) has resulted in the termination of Glendale Valley High School principal Jerry Kerrigan. The school board voted last night to remove the school's principal for the last 18 years by a 7-2 vote.
At a November 23rd event at the Congressman's Rancho Podrido office, 18 year old Ryan Cruz of Glendale Valley asked the Congressman, "If you manage to pull out the election with your conservative social views, do you think you will have a man date?"
Congressman Kimble was clearly taken off guard by the inappropriate question and after chiding he student for degrading the dignity of the event by asking such a question then had the student removed from the event. In a statement later that day Jack Kimble said, "It is a real shame to see the moral decline of our youth. I have prided myself on my work with Last Stand for Children First to improve education across the country. Today, I have decided to redouble my efforts. A student does not become that perverted on their own. I place a lot of the blame on the school and I will be asking them to discipline Mister Cruz to the full extent of their ability."
Principal Kerrigan claimed the entire incident was a misunderstanding, saying a mandate was "something every politician wanted." He further refused to suspend the student in question who he called a "fine young man."
The school board was quick in their reaction, Board President Susan Olmeier called the vulgar question "an embarrassment to our school and an affront to our heterosexual abstinence only sex education program as well as a stain on the character of our school."
[Reprinted from the Oakdale Value Shopper with permission]