Kentucky governor apologizes for comments linking teachers strike to sexual assault

18 April, 2018, 00:24 | Author: Gary Shelton
  • Teachers, parents disgusted with Bevin's sexual assault comments

Bevin slammed the closures, saying that he was "offended by the idea that people so cavalierly, flippantly disregarded what was best for children".

'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'.

Bevin's controversial comments Friday came as thousands of teachers demonstrated at the state Capitol in Frankfort, demanding that lawmakers override the governor's veto of key bills, including reforms to the tax code, and a $22 billion state budget with record new spending on public education, which teachers' groups say is crucial.

The Kentucky legislature, for its part, enacted two resolutions condemning Bevin for his remarks.

In his apology video on Sunday, Bevin appeared to defend some of the comments he had made.

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"The words that people say can have unintended consequences", Bevin said in a video posted to his administration's YouTube page.

Amid backlash from state lawmakers and teacher groups, Bevin said his comments were misunderstood by some but were damaging to others.

'[I] t is not my intent to hurt anybody in this process, but to help us all move forward together'.

Gov. Matt Bevin got his behind kicked by the General Assembly on Friday then turned his anger and disappointment into a harsh tirade against Kentucky's public-school teachers.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said via Twitter, "Actual translation: Meant what I said".

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'It's my responsibility to represent you, not only when I'm speaking to you, but when I'm speaking on your behalf in ways that are clear, that are understood, that don't hurt people and don't confuse people, ' he said.

His comments Friday were the latest in a long string of comments teachers have found insulting, but Sunday marked the first time he attempted to apologize.

The board develops the policies that govern Kentucky's 173 public school districts and the Kentucky Department of Education.

Bevin said in the video Sunday that he didn't intend to hurt anyone.

Teachers from across Kentucky gather outside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding for education on Friday, in Frankfort, Ky.

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- House Democratic Caucus " The statements made by Governor Bevin yesterday insinuating that Kentucky teachers are somehow responsible for sexual assault, drug addiction, and neglect is reprehensible and repugnant. "His insults of teachers over the a year ago have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official".

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