Kentucky governor apologizes for Expression teacher strike led to assaults

Kentucky governor apologizes for Expression teacher strike led to assaults

Bevin said of the protesters: "Children were harmed - some physically, some sexually, some were introduced to drugs for the first time - because they were vulnerable and left alone".

"It is my accountability to symbolize you, not exclusively after I'm talking to you, however after I'm talking in your behalf in methods which might be clear, which might be understood, that do not harm folks and do not confuse folks", he stated. "We're in this together".

Hours after the Republican-led General Assembly voted to override Gov. Bevin's veto of the budget and tax bill, Bevin didn't hold anything back when expressing his feelings about the thousands of teachers filling the state capitol.

House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, said in a statement that while Bevin claims there was a misunderstanding, "the people of Kentucky heard loud and clear what he said and today's video shows he still does not comprehend why so many were understandably upset".

In his apology video, Bevin thanked people who "understood what I'm saying".

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.

"We can't be so consumed with the financial that we fail to appreciate the ripple effect of the real people that are involved", Bevin said on Sunday.

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Governor Bevin voiced his frustrations for what he believes is a disregard for what is best for children.

Saturday was the final day of the 2018 legislative session.

"This is the example that we want to send to our children, really?" More than 30 school districts said they were forced to close because they didn't have enough teachers.

At least 44 school districts closed Friday as teachers marched on the state capitol in call on legislators to override the governor's veto of the state's budget and tax plan.

Democrats quickly condemned Bevin's comments.

- Senate Democratic Caucus " It's entirely inappropriate and perverse that the man sitting in the governorship would criticize Kentuckians who stood up today for teachers, public employees and our public education by insinuating that their presence in Frankfort today caused a child to be sexually assaulted", Kentucky Democratic Executive Director Mary Nishimuta said.

"The teachers and public employees he has insulted over the past year deserve much more than this".

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