Bevin apologizes for child sex abuse remarks

APTOPIX Teacher Protests Kentucky

APTOPIX Teacher Protests Kentucky

In an interview with a WDRB-TV television reporter on Friday, the Republican governor said he could guarantee that somewhere in Kentucky a child was sexually assaulted after being left home with no supervision because of the walkout.

"I hurt a lot of people".

The governor making these comments moments after both the house and senate voted to override the governor's Vetoes of the tax bill and budget. If he sees teachers as being so essential, he could have talked with the many of them who flooded the Kentucky State Capitol to protest that decision.

"Gov. Bevin did offer what he called an apology, which is to essentially say, 'I am sorry you misunderstood me, '" said Charles Booker, a candidate for the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Activists and candidates stepped up to the mic Monday afternoon to criticize Gov. Matt Bevin's explosive remarks attacking teachers, and his subsequent apology.

Republican Governor Matt Bevin of Kentucky speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2017.

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Bevin made his comments on his YouTube and Twitter page during a four-minute video that was posted Sunday. "I guarantee you somewhere today a child was physically harmed or ingested poison because they were home alone because a single parent didn't have any money to take care of them".

Bevin faced backlash in the wake of his comments, including a pair of resolutions from the House condemning his comments - one filed by Democrats and another filed by Republican Rep. John Carney. More than 30 school districts said they were forced to close because they didn't have enough teachers.

"The disgusting comments by Gov. Bevin insinuating that a peaceful protest by teachers would lead to sexual assault are reprehensible". I think he's gotten so much heat that he had to say something. Education groups argue that less generous retirement funds may dissuade younger people from becoming teachers.

"I don't want to be out of my classroom". The problem is that we're offended by what Bevin does, which is make life worse for the people who need government's help the most. The tax bill includes a 50-cent increase in the cigarette tax, and a 6 percent sales tax on some services such as home and auto fix.

The governor may face an uphill battle with lawmakers, even within his party, if the pressure campaign from teachers maintains its momentum.

"It was just insane what he was saying about teachers", teacher Shanna Patton said. "We have to have this revenue to fund our schools".

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