Kentucky governor apologizes after comments on teacher protests

Kentucky governor apologizes after comments on teacher protests

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin released a video Sunday apologizing for his comments to reporters Friday suggesting that Kentucky children were sexually assaulted or poisoned because of teacher protests.

In a almost 4-minute video posted Sunday, Bevin didn't apologize for what he'd said, however - only that he took responsibility for not being clearer.

"You know how many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone?"

Kentucky's Republican-majority home of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution on Saturday criticizing the Senate'therefore feedback, and also the Republican state Senate president mentioned Bevin should apologize, based on community press.

"I guarantee you somewhere today, a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn't have any money to take care of them", he said, adding that "some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone". "We're in this together".

On Sunday, Bevin said many people misunderstood his comments. It is not my intent to hurt anyone, but to help us all move forward. We need each other, we're in this together.


Bevin's comments received bipartisan backlash in the state.

As so, for those of you who understood what I was saying, thank you, I appreciate that you do, but clearly a tremendous number of people did not fully appreciate what it was that I was communicating, or what it was that I was trying to say. "The Kentucky Senate Democratic Caucus condemns these types of demeaning and degrading statements directed at our teachers and public employees by the Governor".

On Friday, Bevin claimed to see people "hanging out" and "taking the day off" as teachers and school personnel gathered at the Capitol in Frankfort.

Protesters succeeded in their efforts and legislators overturned Bevin's budget and tax vetoes on the final day of the 2018 legislative session.

In an interview with an WDRB-TV tv reporter Friday, the governor said he could guarantee that somewhere in Kentucky a young child was sexually attacked after being abandoned with no supervision on account of the walk out.

Friday's teacher rally did result in the closure of at least 30 Kentucky school districts, including Erlanger-Elsemere Schools and Bellevue Independent Schools. "His insults of teachers over the a year ago have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official".

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