Bevin apologizes in social media for Friday's remarks about teachers

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

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.

"It's my responsibility to represent you - not only when I'm speaking to you, but when I'm speaking on your behalf - in ways that are clear, that are understood, that don't hurt people and don't confuse people", he added, addressing public employees. "That was not my intent whatsoever".

"It is not my intent to hurt anybody in the process, but to help us all move forward together", he said.

Some educators on social media said they would wear black on Monday as a show of solidarity against what they viewed as Gov. Matt Bevin's negative comments about teachers.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin apologized on Sunday for saying last week that a teacher walkout that shut schools in numerous state's districts led to children being sexually assaulted. I appreciate that you do.

And after watching the video Sunday, she said, 'Seriously?

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"The words that people say can have unintended consequences", Bevin said in a video posted to his administration's YouTube page.

- House Democratic Caucus " The statements made by Governor Bevin yesterday insinuating that Kentucky teachers are somehow responsible for sexual assault, drug addiction, and neglect is reprehensible and repugnant.

Politicians have responded to Governor Matt Bevin's apology, hours after it was posted on social media Sunday. "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".

"I grew up surrounded by an appreciation that this is not an easy task", he said of teaching. More than 30 school districts closed Friday and Bevin's comments came not long after lawmakers voted to override his vetoes of an operating budget that included more spending on public education and an accompanying tax increase.

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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