October 21, 2014
(TheAntiMedia) The Anchorage School District, in Alaska, has banned military recruiters from entering area schools, after recruiters from the Alaska Army National Guard made inappropriate sexual advances toward high school students. Some students were even reportedly sexually assaulted by recruiters.
According to documents obtained by local news source KTVA, recruiters from the Alaska Army National Guard were offering alcohol to underage female recruits, and taking advantage of them while they were intoxicated.
“What was reported was absolutely unacceptable, we are immediately reviewing our practices and policies, including adult-student boundaries … to make very clear what our expectations are,” school district Superintendent Ed Graff said in a statement.
Representatives from the National Guard are not pleased with the school board’s decision. Lt. Col. Lee Knowles, of the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, said that the National Guard plans to meet with school administrators in hopes of reversing their decision.
“It is regrettable that ASD has taken this stance….We have a vested interest in maintaining a good relationship with the ASD, the parents and the students,” Knowles said.
Candis Olmstead, public affairs director for the Alaska Army National Guard blamed the recent ban on how the issue was covered in the media, instead of accepting responsibility for the actions of National Guard recruiters.
“Issues being reported in the media stem from concerns that have been worked through in recruiting. Personnel changes were made and our new recruiters went through an extensive vetting process before they were hired, including background checks,” she said in a statement.
Superintendent Ed Graff has not ruled out the possibility of reversing the school board’s decision, but he said that for the now, military recruiters will not be permitted on school property.
“Until I can have those conversations and meet with them face to face, we will not be permitting military recruiters on our campuses to visit with students,” Graff said.