Kentucky Governor Apologizes For Controversial Comments About Teachers' Strike

Nick Sanchez
April 18, 2018

Kentucky's governor is facing backlash after he claimed that widespread school closures spurred by teacher demonstrations led to unattended children being sexually assaulted, poisoned and exposed to drugs.

"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".

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

Following widespread outrage over those remarks, Bevin has issued an apology, stating it wasn't his intent to hurt anyone.

Bevin appeared to attributed the negative response to his comments to a misunderstanding saying the way people interpreted them or the way he said them lead also to unintended consequences.

"I apologize for those who have been hurt by the things that were said".

"Gov. Bevin did offer what he called an apology, which is to essentially say, 'I am sorry you misunderstood me, '" said Charles Booker, a candidate for the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Bevin, who would see his veto of an education-boosting state budget overridden by state lawmakers, characterized the attitudes of protesting teachers as cavalier and flippant about student safety.

Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler said Friday she was "appalled" by the remark.

"I am grateful for Secretary Heiner's skilled and selfless leadership of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet over these past two and a half years", Bevin said in a statement.

The appointments come after a tumultuous General Assembly which drew thousands of teachers to Frankfort protesting changes in their pension system and lobbying for more funding for public schools and a session during which the Republican-controlled legislature declined to provide funding for charter schools which they authorized previous year. Could have said it better.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin addressed the controversial comments he made following Friday's teacher rally in Frankfort. The problem is that we're offended by what Bevin does, which is make life worse for the people who need government's help the most.

House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins said Sunday that Bevin still doesn't understand what was wrong with his comments.

Democratic Rep. Attica Scott, of Louisville, called on Bevin to resign.

"Many people have been confused or hurt or just misunderstand what it was that I was trying to communicate", Bevin said. "The teachers and public employees he has insulted over the past year deserve much more than this".

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