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Kentucky governor apologizes for Expression teacher strike led to assaults

16 April 2018

In the video, Bevin never explicitly mentioned his comments on sexual assault, instead he referred to what he called "unintended consequences" of schools closing.

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.

"One of the other things that's clear about unintended consequences is sometimes the words that people say, the way in which they say it, or just the misunderstanding that comes from that also can have unintended consequences", Bevin said.

Those comments sparked backlash and responses from the Kentucky Attorney General, The Senate and House Democratic Caucuses, GOP Senator Damon Thayer, and KEA President Stephanie Winkler.

Republican Governor Matt Bevin issued the four-minute apology video on Sunday, saying that many people misunderstood and "did not fully appreciate" his earlier statement.

"It is my responsibility to represent you, not only when I'm speaking to you but also when I'm speaking on your behalf".

Teachers got the blame, as Bevin said some single parents can not afford childcare and can not afford to take time off work to watch their children.

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I've shared with many of you before, my grandmother, my grandfather, two of my five siblings, have all been public school teachers, some for their entire careers, some for a period of time. "It is not my intent to hurt anybody in this process". "Let's work together, we need to work together", he said. "We're in this together".

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.

Protesters prevailed, as both the House and Senate voted to override Bevin's veto of the budget and tax plan.

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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.

"This is the example that we want to send to our children, really?"

Teachers from across Kentucky gathered in the state Capitol to rally for increased funding for education on Friday. "His insults of teachers over the a year ago have been beneath the decorum of any respectable elected official".

Kentucky governor apologizes for Expression teacher strike led to assaults