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16 April 2018, 10:27 | Devin Moran
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin: Comments linking sexual assault with teacher protests were misunderstood
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.
Bevin appeared to attributed the negative response to his comments to a misunderstanding saying the way people interpreted them or the way he said them lead also to unintended consequences.
Governor Bevin voiced his frustrations for what he believes is a disregard for what is best for children.
"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", he said, adding that "some were introduced to drugs for the first time because they were vulnerable and left alone". "What Governor Bevin said about teachers following their peaceful rally yesterday was reprehensible, and we are proud to join with the many others who have condemned his petty, spiteful remarks".
Two days after Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said he "guaranteed" children were sexually assaulted because of teacher protests, he posted a video saying people misunderstood what he was trying to say.
Kentucky's Republican-majority House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution on Saturday criticizing the governor's comments, and the Republican state Senate president said Bevin should apologise, according to local media.
Bevin posted a video to his Twitter account Sunday in an effort to explain his comments.
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. "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".
On Sunday, Bevin said many people misunderstood his comments. 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. Everyone heard his words. So I don't know, thin skinned I guess?
"The teachers and public employees he has insulted over the past year deserve much more than this". "If anyone asks me for my advice, I would say that they should come out and make a statement, either clarifying it or being apologetic and getting the statement behind them".
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