Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Kentucky Governor Apologizes for Associating Teacher Protests with Child Sexual Assault

Kentucky Governor Apologizes for Associating Teacher Protests with Child Sexual Assault

Thousands of educators swarmed the Capitol to call on legislators to override the governor's veto of the state budget and tax plan bill.

The legislator heeded the protests and overrode the veto. However, officials from both Erlanger-Elsemere and Bellevue said Bevin's proposed education cuts - not the one-day absence of teachers - would "severely reduce" services that provide forms of childcare before and after school, including kindergarten, preschool and tutoring.

"Gov. Bevin's comments last night saying teachers rallying in Frankfort led to children being sexually abused are morally reprehensible and must be condemned by all Kentuckians".

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

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The governor went on to apologize to those he claims were hurt by his words and said he takes responsibility for his words.

He added that children who were out of school "were harmed - some physically, some sexually - some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone".

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

He said of the teachers protesting that he saw "a lot of people hanging out, shoes-off, smoking, leaving trash around, taking the day off".

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Teachers in Kentucky, as well as in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona, have held recent walkouts or protests demanding more funds for education, including teachers' salaries and pensions.

In a almost 4-minute video posted Sunday, Bevin didn't apologize for what he'd said, however - only that he took responsibility for not being clearer. "For those of you who have been hurt, it is my absolute honest apology to you, it is not my intent to hurt anybody in this process but to help us all move forward together".

'And so the extent that I do that well, great. And to the times when I don't do it well, that's on me. Cooper voted for Bevin in 2015 and vowed Saturday to not do it once more.

Sunday afternoon, Bevin posted a video on his Facebook page explaining the comments. That's not much of an apology.

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"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. 'But it still wasn't an apology.

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