Kentucky Governor Apologizes for Associating Teacher Protests with Child Sexual Assault

Gov. Bevin indirectly addresses sexual assault comments in video message

Kentucky governor apologizes for saying children were 'sexually assaulted, ingested poison or tried drugs' because there was nobody to watch them while teachers were protesting education budget cuts

Bevin said his comments came from a place of concern over "unintended consequences" following the teacher protests.

At the same time, he didn't fully back away from his suggestion that teachers attending protests led to sexual assaults, saying "thank you" to "those of you who understand what I was saying".

While speaking with reporters in Frankfort Friday, Bevin claimed that teachers who called in sick to protest put the children's lives in danger.

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. Bevin's feedback got here shortly after Republican lawmakers voted to override his vetoes of an working price range that included elevated spending for public schooling with the assistance of an accompanying tax improve.

"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", Bevin continued.

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

Although the teachers succeeded in protecting pensions for current workers and pressuring legislators into overriding Bevin's veto, Kentucky teachers could still face problems in the future.

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Friday's teacher rally did result in the closure of at least 30 Kentucky school districts, including Erlanger-Elsemere Schools and Bellevue Independent Schools.

Now, politicians from both sides of the aisle have spoken out about Bevin's comments, and the Kentucky House officially gave him a condemnation. "And so to the extent that I do that well, great, and to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me".

"I'm sorry for those of you, every single one of you, that has been hurt by things that I've said".

"I think it's unfortunate that some statements that have been made will overshadow some of the good work that we've done in this session", Osborne said. Everyone heard his words.

And after watching the video Sunday, she said, 'Seriously? I don't know how we can misunderstand his intent.

"The teachers and public employees he has insulted over the past year deserve much more than this". "So that just kind of makes me angry".

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