Kentucky gov. apologizes for comments linking teacher protests to child abuse

Nellie Chapman
April 16, 2018

"I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them", he said.

But, he said, "The responsibility for communicating things falls on the person, in large measure, who's doing the speaking. It is not my intent to hurt anybody in this process".

More than 30 Kentucky school districts closed Friday for the rallies.

'I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were left alone because a single parent didn't have any money to take care of them'.

Democrats quickly condemned Bevin's comments.

Bevin apologized a number of occasions in Sunday's video and stated many individuals misunderstood and "didn't absolutely admire" his earlier assertion.

Saturday was the final day of the 2018 legislative session.

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The Kentucky Democratic Party quickly issued a response to the comments made by the governor.

"I'm offended by the idea that people so cavalierly, and so flippantly, disregarded what's truly best for children", Bevin also said following Friday's rally.

"This is the example that we want to send to our children, really?"

Home Minority Flooring Chief Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, stated in a press release that whereas Bevin claims there was a misunderstanding, "the folks of Kentucky heard loud and clear what he stated and in the present day's video exhibits he nonetheless doesn't comprehend why so many had been understandably upset".

"Every student throughout Kentucky deserves access to a well-funded public school, and I know that Kentucky educators and the Kentucky Education Association will continue their working to ensure this is the reality for Kentucky students". "Governor Bevin is on the wrong side of history, and as his latest outburst shows, he's also on the wrong side of simple decency". Last week in Oklahoma, teachers ended two weeks of walkouts, and are focusing on electing pro-education candidates this November. This rhetoric has crossed a line.

The Republican said his comments to reporters were about the "unintended consequences of schools being shut down, some with just a matter of hours of notice, less than 24, and children left vulnerable as a result of that".

Senator Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, who chairs the education committee, rebuked the governor for his comments, tweeting, "The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible. As a mother, suggesting children were abused as a prop for his political rhetoric is disturbing and absurdly in poor taste". Time and time again we hear this demeaning rhetoric spewed, attacking our public educators and public employees.

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